Sea Turtles


Many Latin American beaches are considered some of the most important places in the world for sea turtle growth.

Especially in the North pacific coast of Costa Rica we can observe many young specimens of Carey/Hawksbill  (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Black Turtles (Chelonia mydas agassizii).
In fact, we believe that Bahia Cuariniquil – especially Bahia Santa Helena and Bahia Salinas – are important feeding sites that we must protect.

Which turtle species can you expect to see in our area?

Lora / Olive Ridley

Scientific name : Lepidochelys Olivacea

Carey / Hawksbill

Scientific Name: Eretmochelys imbricata

The Hawksbill turtle was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as endangered in 1970. Hawksbill turtles are a critical endangered species, estimated at less than 300 nesting females around America’s coast. Historically, commercial exploitation was the primary cause of the decline of Hawksbill sea turtles. There remains a continuing demand for the Hawksbill’s shell as well as other products, including leather, oil, perfume, and cosmetics.

Negra / Black

Scientific Name : Chelonia mydas agassizii
Subspecies of the pacific green turtle : Chelonia mydas

Green turtles are the largest of all the hard-shelled sea turtles, but have a comparatively small head.