When repeat guests Ann, Shawn and their children went to the beach in front of the lodge last week they certainly did not expect to have this wildlife encounter. While they were watching the impressive waves pounding against the beach they suddenly discovered that a green sea turtle ((Chelonia mydas) was hatching at the upper end of the wild Pacific Ocean beach.
Watch the video below to see how the sea turtle hatched on the beach and then returned to the Pacific Ocean:
Green sea turtles are together with Olive Ridley turtles the most common ones to visit the southern beaches of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Even though the best time to see sea turtles is from the start of July through the first weeks of December, they can be observed all year around with a little bit of luck! Our guests often spot them on our dolphin watching tour or even while surfing down at the beaches of Cabo Matapalo!
If you are interested in more information on green sea turtles and the efforts of the local conservation group Osa Conservation to protect the sea turtles on the beaches of the Osa Peninsula, you can visit http://osaconservation.org/projects/wildlife/sea-turtles/.