Sea Turtle Protection & conservation Center (STPCC)
When the Sea Turtle Protection & Conservation Center opened in 1983, only ten turtles lay their eggs on the Careyes coast. Now, more than 2,000 sea turtles nest on Playa Teopa annually. To date, we have released over 1.5 million newborn sea turtles from four different species (Olive Ridley, Black, Hawksbill, and Leatherback) safely into the ocean.
The STPCC staff work 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. They patrol 3.7 miles of coastline and carefully transport turtle eggs to the protected hatching facility. There the eggs remain, safe from land predators and poachers, until the time they hatch (45-60 days). The hatchlings are then immediately released into the ocean.
In addition to protecting nests, the STPCC also documents and tags the mother turtles to track study the adult sea turtle population which comes to nest on our shores. It also offers educational field trips for the surrounding schools to learn about biology and conservation.