Watching Sea Turtles

Sea turtles have survived for 200 million years and date back to the era of dinosaurs. They have withstood natural evolution and all the climate changes, but over time have become threatened by the hand of man. Five of the world's eight species of sea turtles graze and nest on our shores. Sea turtles fulfill important ecological roles in ecosystems as diverse as coral reefs and sea grasses.

The La Marinera and Isla Caña beaches are one of the few places in the world where, during the rainy season, you can watch thousands of sea turtles emerge to lay their eggs in the sand. According to experts, sea turtles seek out this area on the Azuero Peninsula because the continental shelf is shorter, the nearshore waters are deeper, and the area is naturally dark, providing adequate nesting conditions.

Tortuguías, a nonprofit foundation, makes monthly trips during nesting season from September to December to watch the turtles laying their eggs or the hatchlings swim out to sea. For more information contact Gerardo Alvarez by cellular 6386-3735 or email Gerardo.alvarez@ tortuguias.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .