Sea turtles have survived for 200 million years. They have withstood natural evolution and all the climate changes, but over time have become threatened by the hand of man. Across the world there are eight species of sea turtles that date back to the era of dinosaurs. On our shores five of the seven species of sea turtles graze and lay their eggs. Sea turtles fulfill important ecological roles in ecosystems as diverse as coral reefs and sea grasses, by transporting energy between the ocean and the terrestrial habitats surrounding their nesting areas on beaches.
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 arrive to lay their eggs in the sand. According to experts, the turtles seek out this area along the Azuero Peninsula because the continental shelf is shorter and the nearshore waters are deeper, which along with the darkness, facilitate nesting at these sites.