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Green sea turtle. Tortuguero National Park. Costa Rica.

The shores washed by the Caribbean Sea in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, are world famous for being an important nesting site for various sea turtle species, like the green sea turtle, the Kemp's ridley sea turtle, or the leatherback sea turtle.
All these species are in a high vulnerable state of conservation worldwide, due, among other factors, to the contamination of water, poaching activities and artificial light pollution, which displaces their areas of hatchery.
During breeding season, numerous large female turtles come every night to these beaches, to put their eggs. When they hatch, thousands of baby turtles instinctively flock to the nearby sea. Then it starts a frantic and brief survival race, during which various predators such as seagulls and crabs were waiting for this moment. Very few little turtles will arrive safe and sound at sea. Those lucky ones still must face marine predators, and will not return to the mainland until a few years, when those females who have managed to reach the adult age and be fertilized, will return to these beaches to lay their own eggs and the cycle begins again.

Note: These photographs were taken by permission and without using flash or any artificial light, and under the supervision and guidance of a specialized biologist of Tortuguero National Park.

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