Sea Turtles in Corcovado



Sea Turtles come ashore along the coast of the Osa Peninsula, including Drake Bay and Corcovado during almost the entire year. They are hard to see. However, the Hawksbill Sea Turtles, the most common and abundant species on the Pacific Coast, nests along the many beaches and bays throughout the entire rainy season, which starts from Maya and ends in later November.



The sea turtles normally nest during the nighttime, and younglings, 8 weeks later, hatch during the nighttime also or during the morning hours when still dark, alerted by the first rays of light that increase the temperature of the sand. Of the thousands of sea turtles that hatch, only very few make it to become an adult. Even during their first steps on the sand, they fall prey to crabs, vultures and raccoons and Coati that patrol the beaches constantly. When adults they return to the same place where they hatched to again, begin the process of nesting and keeping the lifecycle alive.