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When is the best time to see baby sea turtles hatch?

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When is the best time to see baby sea turtles hatch?

I've gotten some mixed answers as to when the baby sea turtles hatch in Tortuguero. I've seen Sept-Nov on some websites and Nov-early January on others. Clarification would be great! Thanks!

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1. Re: When is the best time to see baby sea turtles hatch?

I have been there in October when at least 25 turtles came ashore one night to lay eggs. The eggs hatch about 45 days later so possible for December or very early January. The "normal" season is from April to September, but the turtles can't read so that don't know that!

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2. Re: When is the best time to see baby sea turtles hatch?

http://www.tortuguerovillage.com/todo.htm is a pretty good site for all things Tortuguero. As Hattie points out, the turtles aren't tied by the calendar but you can increase your chances of seeing them by checking the moon cycle. The hatchlings are guided to the ocean by the reflection of the moon on the water so around full moon seems to be a better hatching time than other moon phases. But you could be lucky--I once came across a random nest hatching in Manuel Antonio National Park. An absolutely wonderful sight.

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