Rare Leatherback Turtles Gain Protection in Costa Rica
"This is the most important nesting beach for leatherbacks in the eastern Pacific."
- Gabriela Blanco, monitoring-station head
Playa Grande, Costa Rica - As dawn breaks on Playa Grande, the light reveals shallow sand pits where leatherback sea turtles laid their eggs the night before.
This Costa Rican beach, a 2-mile-long (3.2-kilometer-long) stretch of sand popular with surfers, is guarded around the clock by a small army of biologists and volunteers from the Leatherback Trust, a nonprofit group working to save the world's largest sea turtles from extinction.