The sea turtles of Ostional

By Guido Trombetta on 12:43 PM ,

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Ostional in Costa Rica is a place where every year during a particular week more than five thousands of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) reach together the beach to find their nesting places. The turtles lay nothing more than 100 milion eggs!
Obviously just a minmum percentage of these eggs will become an adult sea turtle because they have several enemies and the eggs are totally defenseless.
One of their enemies is the human being as the community members of Ostional are allowed by the government to harvest up to 1 million sea turtle eggs to sell throughout Costa Rica. Here are some pictures of this "harvest"

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    This is not fair! I would like to know what these persons will do if somebody decide to steal their children. I know these eggs are so tasty, or at least that's what I've heard, but the little turtles also have right to live.