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Ostional Costa Rica

Ostional is one of the most important nesting grounds for the Olive Ridley and the Kemp`s Sea Turtles which comes ashore every year in groups of hundreds to thousands of turtles. Ostional is by law a protected area, called Refugio de Vida Silvestre Ostional. Locals can take advantage of the nesting period by extracting hundreds of sea turtles eggs that otherwise would not come to the hatching stage anyways because of several reasons, large sea turtles that come ashore in the second wave have been proven to lay eggs on top of already existing sites ( which are the only ones allowed to be extracted ) as well as other factors, such as heat conditions. This has created a symbiotic relating between the sea turtles and the local fishermen and farmers, who protect the sea turtles and their habitat not only because of the law but also for their personal gain while being able to extract part of the first sea turtle wave. Ostional Wildlife refuge is located approximately 1 . 5 hours North of Samara and around d 1 . 5 hours South of Tamarindo Bay.

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