Almost a quarter million of Olive Ridley turtles crawled onto the Ostional Beach along the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica to lay eggs into the sand on the first weekend of November.
It was the 13th mass-nesting during this year, probably the largest one in recent years.
(Soundbite) Mauricio Mendez, Marine Biologist
“We had approximately 107,000 turtles that laid eggs last night (Nov. 7). The night before there were about 68,000. Tonight there could be as many as 80,000 turtles that lay their eggs.”
The turtles used to lay eggs during a three-to-five-day period from July through December in accordance with the moon’s cycle.
The Ostional Wildlife Refuge is one of the two most important sites in the world for nesting of this endangered species.