Hotel Bula Bula - Costa Rica, Playa Grande - Lodging, Dining, Surfing, Diving, Snorkeling, Eco-Tours, and more!
Hotel Bula Bula - Costa Rica, Playa Grande - Lodging, Dining, Surfing, Diving, Snorkeling, Eco-Tours, and more!
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During the months from November to April, Playa Grande is the nesting ground for the giant leatherback turtles.You will not believe your eyes when you spot one of these creatures that grow to be up to 2.5 meters and weigh around 700 kilos. Imagine a soft shelled turtle the size of a Volkswagen bug! Instead of the typical hard shell the leatherback turtle has a black ridged leathery skin.

The leatherback turtle spends its entire life in the warm tropical waters and the females come ashore for the sole purpose of nesting. The process of how they lay their eggs is utterly amazing. At high tide the giant turtles come to shore and dig a hole about a meter deep. The care and precision that goes into scooping out the perfect hole is pure maternal instinct. When the hole is ready she lays her eggs and covers the hole with sand pounding the sand firmly over the hole with her immense flipper to secure the eggs from predators. The hatchlings begin to emerge sixty to ninety days later and slowly make their way back to the water.
This first journey to the sea is what ensures the female knows how to move on land once it is time for her to nest. If the hatchlings are helped by human hands into the water they will never return to the beach again. This first journey can be very dangerous as the hatchlings are easy prey for seabirds, raccoons and other mammals. This is the reason that so few are able to survive. One in a thousand eggs laid will actually become an adult turtle.

The tours are guided by Las Baulas National Marine Park and on the beach you will be able to direct questions to the scientists from the Earth Watch organization that come to Playa Grande every year to study the life and reproductive cycle of this amazing animal. The cost of the tour is $18 and proceeds go to the park and the conservation effort.

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Hotel Bula Bula - Costa Rica, Playa Grande - Lodging, Dining, Surfing, Diving, Snorkeling, Eco-Tours, and more!
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