Summer is over here in Costa Rica – usually December through April – and it’s cooled off. Back in November, we saw for the first time an abundance of inexpensive table fans for sale and we all bought them. Expecting a summer hotter and drier than usual, which proved to be true, we out one in every room. Now the season has ended and those cheap fans are dotting the garbage piles in town to be picked up by the trucks Wed. morning and carried off to the land fill. Our own are still working fine but this climate is tough on equipment: humidity and salt air. It begs two questions, “Is cheaper better?” and “Do we have a choice anymore?”
We spotted these turtle tracks on Carrillo Beach yesterday morning.
The wide spacing between the fins suggests a very large nesting female,
probably a rare and endangered Leatherback Turtle rather than our more common Olive Ridley. Comments?
At Playa Carrillo this morning, we came across small turtle tracks, the evidence of hatchlings scrambling towards the surf.
It looks like at least 25 of them foiled the poachers, the dogs, and the vultures to reach the sea.
It's turtle season at Samara Beach, when the females come ashore to lay their eggs. This rare Tortuga Rosada was seen this morning. Even more rare, she was working her way up the beach in the daylight.
What rare sight have you seen in Costa Rica?
Steve and Miga found these turtle tracks on the beach this morning. The Olive Ridely Turtles climb the beach in the moonlight looking for just the right sand in which to lay their eggs. They dig a hole, using their flippers as delicately as teaspoons and drop 100-120 eggs into a hole about 6-8″ diameter and 3 feet deep. The sex of the baby turtle is determined by the temperature of ths sand around the egg, usually caused by its location in thenest. But increasingly, global warming is affecting the tempertuer of the sand and hence the sex of the hatchilings. That can’ t be good for the species.