Photographer's Note

Costa Rica
Playa Ostional
Is about a 25-minute drive from the village of Nosara and is the second largest nesting place in the world for olive ridley turtles.
About 12 times a year you may see turtles waiting their turn to swarm ashore, dig a hole in the sand and lay their eggs (these are all females, the males never go ashore). After laying their eggs, they go back to sea. The whole process for each turtle -from the water and back- takes approximately an hour and a half.
This arrivals (arribadas) or synchronized turtles mass nesting are unique to Ostional. Sometimes, depending upon the season, the arribada involves thousands of olive ridleys over a three day period. An unforgetable experience!

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Additional Photos by Kris Verhoeven (verswe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 3 N: 1206] (7330)
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