Record-breaking nesting and hatching

The 2017-2018 sea turtle nesting season was one for the books! Over the past year, our Sea Turtle Protection & Conservation Center (STPCC)—whose staff together work around the clock, 365 days a year—protected 2,464 nests and released 175,984 turtle hatchlings into the Pacific Ocean, breaking our previous records of 2,058 nests (2015) and 166,550 hatchlings (2013). To put this achievement in perspective, in 1984, the STPCC’s second year of operation, a total of 3 nests were protected. We are proud to see the tremendous extent to which 35 years of active, sustained conservation efforts have successfully revived the sea turtles’ presence in the area. While all four species found here in Careyes—Hawksbill, Leatherback, Green, and Olive Ridley—remain under endangered status, we have seen steady and consistent growth in the number of turtles that nest on our shores and are optimistic that this progress will continue for years to come.