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Leatherback turtles arrive to the beaches Grande and Ventanas
26 from Octuber from 2012
The leatherback turtle is the largest of sea turtles, reaching 2 meters in length and a weight of more than 600 kg
 
By: Melissa Solis C.

The beaches Grande and Ventanas, located in Guanacaste, are the special nesting sites of 33 leatherback turtles that laid their eggs.

The leatherback turtle is the largest of sea turtles, reaching 2 meters in length and a weight of more than 600 kg. Its found in tropical and subtropical waters and is the only species in the Dermochelyidae family.

In the last 20 years, its population has decreased more than 90%, so its considered endangered.

So far around 146 nests have been marked, but around 250 are estimated since a single turtle nests about 7 times per season. Around 50% of the eggs have hatched and there are still 40 nests remaining.

From the newborns, 35% get to the surface, but they must crawl to the sea, and 11% of them are eaten by predators.

Once in the water, fishing and climate change become the new threats for these little animals.

The turtles that survive and become adults return every 4 years to the beach where they were born and this way start a new life cycle.







 
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