Nearly all species of sea turtles are endangered, but Tortuguero, a small island on the eastern coast of Costa Rica, offers a safe place for nesting green and leatherback sea turtles. It was here in 1959 that Dr. Archie Carr opened the world’s first turtle conservancy. To this day, the island is one of the world’s most important breeding grounds for these turtles. We made the arduous journey there to watch the next generation hit the waves. Go baby sea turtles, go!

From Great Big Story, spend a few days with Jaime Restrepo, David Aparici, Silvia Arriscado, and their team of research assistants in Tortuguero as they work to protect Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Mecca.

Next: The Survival of the Sea Turtle from TED Ed and these Olive Ridley Sea Turtle hatchlings scurrying out to sea.

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