Leatherback sea turtle (Credit: Lauren Cruz)
Scientists at the Leatherback Trust are working to tag endangered leatherback turtles with tracking devices, according to a release from the University of Delaware. Much of this work takes place in Parque Nacional de las baulas in Playa Grande, a nesting site in Costa Rica.
When female leatherback turtles come ashore to nest, they are tagged or – if they’re already tagged – logged as return visitors. The number of eggs that each turtle deposits are also counted.
Egg-filled nesting sites are protected until hatching. During that time, local Costa Ricans show vacationers the spots and teach them about the turtle species.
Image: Olive Ridley sea turtle (Credit: Lauren Cruz)