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Basic Facts About Sea turtles
​Sea turtles are one of the Earth's most ancient creatures. The seven species that can be found today have been around for 150 million years, since the time of the dinosaurs. The sea turtle's shell, or "carapace" is streamlined for swimming through the water. Unlike other turtles, sea turtles cannot retract their legs and head into their shells. Their color varies between yellow, greenish and black depending on the species.


The leatherback sea turtle is the largest sea turtle. The largest turtle on record measured almost 7 feet (2.1 m) in length. The leatherback does not have a solid, external bony shell like all of the other sea turtles.

Green Sea Turtle

The green sea turtle is the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles. The carapace is smooth and heart-shaped. The color of the carapace varies and has shades of black, gray, green, brown, and yellow.


The hawksbill is small to medium-sized sea turtle species. The carapace is dark to golden brown, with streaks of orange, red and/or black. The plastron is yellow. The hatchlings are mostly brown.
Who we are?
We are a non-government organization that operates in Costa Rica with Indigenous Communities, Sea Turtle Conservation, Volunteering and Teaching opportunities. We are located on the Nesting Beaches of the Costa Rica Caribbean surrounded by Indigenous Communities. 

We believe that connecting people with nature, hands-on experiences, education, and local community involvement can really make a difference for endangered sea turtles and help reduce the threats these animals are facing today. Scientific research is the base for our conservation activities, with which we hope to contribute on the recovery of sea turtle populations and prevent their extinction. Volunteers are essential for the protection of nests and sea turtles, and volunteer fees helps to local communities. 

We strives to increase alternative livelihoods for Indigenous and Coastal Communities to take the need for poaching and hunting turtles and other wildlife away and to achieve a long lasting sustainable wildlife management. From March to October, volunteers help patrol 7.1 km of nesting beach, collecting important data on nesting female turtles and their nests. They also participate in hatchery activities, beach cleaning and other tasks as needed; also support all year long indigenous efforts.
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