Every year 20,000 – 30,000 sea turtles head to the coastlines of Panama to lay their eggs. Santa Catalina, on the Pacific coast of Panama, is one of those places. Sea turtles play a key role in the marine ecosystem on a global level, and worldwide low numbers indicate these species will not survive unless efforts are put in place to conserve the marine ecosystems, especially those considered as key habitats.
Five different species of sea turtles are critically endangered in Panama. Sea turtles return to the same area they were born to lay their eggs. The main mating season here is from May – September, but nests have been found all throughout the year. Sea turtle eggs that are laid on the beaches of Santa Catalina can be victims of consumption to several predators including dogs, birds, crabs, and humans.