Marino las Baulas National Park Print e-mail this info
Marino las Baulas de Guanacaste Tamarindo/Playa Grande National Park has a history nearly as long and convoluted as its name. For thousands of years leatherback sea turtles that hatched at Playa Grande have returned to lay their eggs.


Emerging Leatherback Turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea (Spanish-Tortuga Baula). Hatchlings push their way through the sand before making their ungainly dash to the surf. (© 2005 Alexander Gaos)


Their numbers have dwindled over the decades.  The first of settlers used their meat and eggs to supplement their diet but probably had little impact on the population. When the market for turtle eggs as an aphrodisiac moved in the nest raiding became more serious, but the real problems came with commercial harvest as an ingredient for factory baked cookies, and finally exportation to Asia as a delicacy.

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Marino las Baulas National Park covers 445 hectares. The habitats represented here are beach

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