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Welcome to the world of the olive ridleys that visit Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica each rainy season.
The young hatchlings face tremendous odds, and one out of one thousand lives to be an adult. Some say the figure is closer to two thousand.
Most mornings find me on the beach before sunrise; there’s always a slight chance to witness an adult olive ridley finishing her egg-laying duties. The turtles leave an obvious trail, which I follow to see who reached it first: poachers or the biologists and volunteers for Pretoma.
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