Ostional Beach and La Flor
Several beaches in Nicaragua, both on the Pacific side and on the Atlantic side, are among a few in the whole world where the sea turtles come each year to lay their eggs. Two of those beaches are the Ostional beach and the near by beach, The important nesting area La Flor. The wildlife refuge La Flor is where both hawksbill, leatherbacks and green turtles come in thousands between the month of July and December. An astonishing 100.000 nests are laid on this beach each year.
The different species of sea turtles needs protection from people stealing their eggs as consuming turtle eggs has been a custom in Nicaragua, and other countries, for generation. The custom, based on the myth of turtle eggs being an aphrodisiacs, has triggered the consumption in all parts of the society.
Protecting The Sea Turtles
There are several non profit organization dedicated to protect the sea turtles and we help Paso Pasifico with their work in saving and protecting the turtles. Within the organization there are turtle rangers who patrol the beaches, monitoring the nests and protecting hatchlings from predators. This is where we help, in the different activities together with the rangers. Our activities together with the yoga students from the yoga teacher training has ben to monitor the nests and help the newborns. We have also been helping in La Flor with the documentation of all the arriving turtles.
You can help saving sea turtles everyday by following these steps:
- Do not use plastic bags, the turtles confuse them with jelly fish and choke on them.
- Do not eat swordfish and tuna, they are caught on longlines which also catches turtles.