Crowds flock to a Costa Rica beach, but in the process prevent sea turtles from nesting.
Hundreds of curious tourists visited Costa Rica’s Ostional Beach this past week, standing in the way of the turtles, touching them, trampling nests, and even placing children on the backs of the turtles for impromptu photo shoots.
Many of the turtles returned to the sea without laying their eggs.
September and October are the peak months of the season for the turtle’s return, with thousands of olive ridley sea turtles showing up along this seven-kilometer stretch of beach.
Visitors are only permitted to enter the beach with a licensed tour guide. Many entered the refuge via unauthorized access points.
Two park rangers guard the refuge, although they did receive help from three National Police officers. Unfortunately, they were still unable to control the situation.
Photos via Tico Times