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The leatherback sea turtle, which can grow as long as 9 feet (2.7 meters) and 6 feet wide (1.8 meters), has inhabited this world for over 100 million years. It has outlasted the dinosaurs, the ice age and a multitude of other catastrophes.Leatherback Turtle

Scientists estimate there are less than 5,000 nesting females, down from 91,000 in 1980, and that only 1 in 1,000 leatherback hatchlings survive to adult-hood. Costa Rica is one of only a few  places where the leatherback sea turtle mates on a regular cycle. With that it has become an desirable spot for the eco gurus.

PRETOMA (Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas) is a Costa Rican non-profit NGO that was founded in 1997. The group consists of biologists, naturalists, conservationists, andCosta Rica baby turtle volunteers who are dedicated to protecting and conserving sea turtles in their natural marine habitats, while also promoting sustainable fishery policies. Through conservation projects, research, public awareness, litigation and public advocacy, PRETOMA strives to conserve sea turtle populations and their natural habitats

It is vitally important that the turtle successfully lays her eggs. Noise and bright lights can frighten turtles and cause them to return to the sea. The use of flashlights or cameras is prohibited around nesting sea turtles. Seek a qualified guide to accompany you. Obtain a copy of, and obey, park rules when on the beach with turtles.

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