The black sand beach of Tortuguero draws the largest nesting population of green turtles, Chelonia mydas, in the Atlantic Ocean. Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world.
Green turtles have been hunted in some parts of the world for centuries for their meat and eggs, which are considered delicacies. They are still hunted extensively in some areas, although this is illegal throughout the world.
STC studies have solved many of the mysteries of green turtle reproductive ecology and behavior. Long-term tagging at Tortuguero during the nesting months facilitates monitoring of the nesting population to evaluate the survival status of the species.
You will work with nesting turtles weighing up to 350 pounds and measuring 3 to 4 feet in length. Participants will also work in teams with researchers to help tag and record data about the nesting turtles. The presence of tagging teams on the beach also acts as a strong deterrent to poachers and egg collectors. Nightly beach patrols will also be done to measure turtles, count eggs, mark nests and count tracks.
You will have ample free time for relaxation, exploring the area, going into town and interacting with the local villagers, meeting research biologists from around the world, and more!
Nesting season for green sea turtles ranges from June through November each year. Click here for more information on session dates.
To ensure your place:
1) Submit the Online Registration Form or call STC at (800) 678-7853 for initial registration, confirmation of dates, and contact number for travel information.
2) Secure your reservation with a $200 deposit as soon as possible.
To sign up for any of our Eco-Volunteer Adventures please contact the Sea Turtle Conservancy as soon as possible by phone or e-mail, or fill out our convenient online form.
Space is limited, so get yourself or a group signed up fast!