Pacific Ridley Turtle

Pacific Ridley Turtle

Known scientifically as “Lepidochelis olivacea”, this amazing species is the smallest marine turtle. It is characterized by its heart shaped shell. It is 67.6 centimeters long with a body mass of 38.1 kilogram’s; females are usually heavier but shorter than the males; on average. The Pacific Ridley Sea Turtle is the most common of the marine species. Costa Rica has been characterized as being a concentrated area for the reproduction of this turtle. Approximately, 400.000 turtles arrive on the Costa Rican coast every year to lay their eggs; because the physical aspects of the area are ideal for their complete development. Between 5.000 and 150.000 females congregate in these areas; at what is commonly known as entry ports in large groups., which every year decrease by a quarter. The majority of these turtles lay their eggs at night time. The strategy of producing thousands of eggs, is fundamental to protect the future of the turtles from predators as well as other turtles laying eggs in the same nest. The Pacific Ridley Sea Turtle Turtle, characteristically always arrive at the same beach: it is because of this Ostional beach is the ideal place to lay their eggs. The incubation period ranges from 45 to 65 days depending on factors such as temperature and humidity. The sex depends on the temperature, 28 degrees for males and 32 degrees for females. The birth of turtles is put at risk by human activity, weather conditions, predators and diseases. The collection of eggs in order to sell is illegal in Costa Rica; Ostional Beach has an association for the protection of this species and they also carry out scientific studies about this fascinating marine species: “Lepidochelis olivacea”.