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Sea Turtle Arribada (78) More files... by Ingo Arndt
On a remote Costa Rican beach the turtles arrive. Four times a year, ten days before the new moon from August to November, masses of endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtles swarm the beaches of Ostional to lay their fertilized eggs in nests they dig in the sandy beach. Each turtle will lay 80 to 100 round soft-shell eggs in a shallow nest before heading back to the ocean. These eggs are prime targets. Wild dogs, vultures and the local population all prey upon the nutritious bounty. For the first two days of the arribada locals have the right to collect eggs which they sell at a healthy profit for the community. For the turtle population it is no problem because so many turtles come ashore that at the end of the arribada they usually destroy the first turtle nests anyway. In return the villagers clean the beach from driftwood and guard the turtles and their nests around the clock. Although over 10 million eggs are laid on the beach during each cycle only a fraction of the eggs will hatch and even fewer hatchlings will make it to the ocean to continue the legacy of the sea turtles.
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) swimming in open ocean near nesting beach, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518090 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) swimming in open ocean near nesting beach, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) swimming in open ocean not far from nesting beach, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518089 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) swimming in open ocean not far from nesting beach, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) swimming in open ocean near nesting beach, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518091 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) swimming in open ocean near nesting beach, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair mating in open ocean not far from nesting beach, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518092 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) pair mating in open ocean not far from nesting beach, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518095 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518094 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518097 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518098 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females digging nests during an arribada egg-laying event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518101 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females digging nests during an arribada egg-laying event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to lay eggs during an arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518099 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to lay eggs during an arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to lay eggs during an arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518100 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore to lay eggs during an arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore and returning to sea during an arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518103 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore and returning to sea during an arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore and returning to sea during an arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518102 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore and returning to sea during an arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore and returning to the sea during mass nesting event called an arribada, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518065 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females coming ashore and returning to the sea during mass nesting event called an arribada, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest in beach sand to lay her eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518063 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest in beach sand to lay her eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest in beach sand to lay her eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518062 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest in beach sand to lay her eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518096 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female coming ashore to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females digging nests on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518104 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females digging nests on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females digging nests on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518105 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females digging nests on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female testing beach sand suitability for laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518076 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female testing beach sand suitability for laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518077 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518106 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518107 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female digging nest on beach in which to lay eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female burying nest after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518110 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female burying nest after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518078 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518119 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518108 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518109 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518084 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518082 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518117 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518118 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) females returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518079 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518083 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518115 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518116 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518120 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) female returning to sea after laying eggs, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) nesting beach being cleared of driftwood by villagers after strong storm, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518071 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) nesting beach being cleared of driftwood by villagers after strong storm, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) nesting beach being cleared of driftwood by villagers after strong storm, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518070 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) nesting beach being cleared of driftwood by villagers after strong storm, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being collected by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518133 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being collected by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being collected by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518088 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being collected by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being collected by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518087 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being collected by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) egg collection being monitored by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518074 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) egg collection being monitored by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being collected by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518075 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being collected by villagers during the first two days of the arribada nesting event, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs harvested by villagers with permission of conservation program designed to discourage poaching, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518134 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs harvested by villagers with permission of conservation program designed to discourage poaching, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs harvested by villagers with permission of conservation program designed to discourage poaching, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518135 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs harvested by villagers with permission of conservation program designed to discourage poaching, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs harvested by villagers with permission of conservation program designed to discourage poaching, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518136 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs harvested by villagers with permission of conservation program designed to discourage poaching, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being washed by villagers after harvest under conservation program designed to discourage poaching, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518137 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being washed by villagers after harvest under conservation program designed to discourage poaching, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being carried by two boys after being washed by villagers, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518138 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being carried by two boys after being washed by villagers, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being poured out of collecting bag into a pile after being gathered, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00518139 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) eggs being poured out of collecting bag into a pile after being gathered, Ostional Beach, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
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