Santa Rosa National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Costa Rica (founded in 1971) spanning an area of 91,926 acres. Located in the Guanacaste region, Santa Rosa National Park has two main sea turtle nesting beaches: Nancite and Naranjo. Playa Nancite is one of two sites in Costa Rica where the mass annual nesting called "Arribada " of olive ridley sea turtles take place. In early October, thousands of females come together on the same beach to lay eggs.
The olive ridley sea turtle are the smallest and most abundant of the marine turtles. The carapace of this turtle is olive coloured and relatively heart-shaped, whilst the undersurface is a greenish white. Found in tropical regions of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, excluding the Caribbean.
(Issued 24-06-2004) 24. June
The 75th Anniversary of the National Association of Educators