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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 giant turtles of the Playa Grande Costa Rica
Margot Millier
Margot Millier Section editor

Discover The giant turtles of the Playa Grande

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 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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