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A sea turtle paradise in the land of lakes and volcanoes

Post by Dragon on Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:55 pm

There is little reason to wonder why Nicaragua is known as the land of lakes and volcanoes when you witness its dramatic volcanic landscape filled with vast forests, lagoons, lakes and pristine beaches. Located in the middle of the Americas, Nicaragua is home to a rich variety of plants and animals, and its beaches provide important nesting habitat for sea turtles.

Globally, there are seven species of sea turtle swimming in our oceans. Sea turtles are generally long-lived and can migrate vast distances between feeding sites and nesting beaches. They face a multitude of threats including poaching for their eggs, meat and shells, accidental entanglement in fishing nets and the potentially detrimental effect of climate change on hatchling sex ratio.

In Nicaragua, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) focuses on protecting three sea turtle species: hawksbill, leatherback and olive ridley – all of which are sadly included on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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Post by Dragon on Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:59 pm


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The leatherback is the largest sea turtle species.

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Post by Dragon on Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:00 pm


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Last of the arribada, an olive ridley female in Nicaragua.

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Post by Dragon on Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:01 pm



Hawksbill Sea Turtle.

 
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