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Discover The giant turtles of the Playa Grande Costa Rica

On the Pacific coast, Playa Grande is the kingdom of giant turtles, and from November to March, you can see them come to the beach to lay eggs.

  • The giant turtles of the Playa Grande, The fauna and flora, Costa Rica
    The giant turtles of the Playa Grande

    Leatherbacks are the largest sea turtles and can grow to up to 1.5 meters in length, and weigh a shocking 350 kg. Every year hundreds of them lay their eggs on these beaches.

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  • The Las Baulas National Marine Park

    This beach is the biggest nesting place in the Pacific for leatherback turtles.

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  • Turtle eggs on the beach

    The turtles gather on the beach at night to lay eggs during the rising tide.

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  • A location loved by turtles

    Five of the world's seven species of sea turtles regularly come to nest on Costa Rica's beaches.

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  • A baby leatherback sea turtle

    The incubation period of leatherback sea turtles is 60 days. Hatching takes place at night, when the turtles are guided by the bright reflection of the moon.

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  • Hundred-year-old turtles

    Turtles live to be around one hundred years old. Projects aimed at protecting turtles endangered by humans are being led in the Costa Rica.

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