Drone Captures Leatherback Sea Turtle Returning to Ocean

This year, as Field Manager at The Leatherback Trust, I was lucky enough to witness an extraordinary event in Las Baulas National Park on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

The Lone Hawksbill

Punta Descartes, at the northernmost tip of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, is one of the least economically developed areas of the country. The communities of El Jobo and Puerto Soley depend almost entirely on fish for sustenance and to generate income.

225 Kilos of Garbage Collected

The Leatherback Trust carried out 12 beach clean-ups in 2016. Around 100 people participated in these activities, including kids and adults. In total, we collected 225 kilos (496 pounds) of trash!

Conservation Requires Collaboration

Providing safer environments for migratory species like sea turtles requires collaboration across geographic boundaries, cultures and generations.

What happens to unhatched sea turtle nests?

Nests can fail to hatch for many reasons. Our biologists calculate when all marked nests are due to hatch, and plan excavations accordingly.

Twin 7 Year Olds Speak Out on the Importance of Leatherbacks

Keira and Alexa are 7 year-old twins who care deeply about the protection of leatherback sea turtles. During their recent “Project Based Learning” about saving sea turtles they crafted some beautiful drawings.

Join TLT as a Field Biologist

Each year, The Leatherback Trust selects a team of highly motivated, early-career biologists to assist our researchers at the Goldring-Gund Marine Biology Station. Join us!

Champion Turtles are Crucial to Leatherback Survival

While overall numbers of nesting leatherbacks have declined, champion turtles have found a way to avoid threats at sea and keep returning to Las Baulas National Park.

Disney supports The Leatherback Trust!

Support from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) will enable scientific research, conservation and community education to promote sustainable resource use and management of protected areas.

Beach temperatures affect sea turtle hatchling success

Scientists consider that for conservation efforts to succeed, it is necessary to counteract the impact of fisheries; and that egg clutches must be relocated only under extreme conditions that threaten their survival.