Movement between Cocos Island, the Galapagos archipelago, Costa Rica and Panama
Populations of leatherback turtles have experienced a fall of up to 95% in recent years. In the Pacific area, this species has its main nesting sites located on the beaches of Costa Rica and Panama.
Through tagging individuals in nesting sites, MigraMar has been able to identify hundreds of patterns of movement. These patterns indicate the connection existing between the continental regions of Costa Rica and Panama, Cocos Island and the Galapagos archipelago, in what could be a corridor used by this species.
Furthermore, it has become possible to verify the lengthy journeys undertaken by leatherback turtles, reaching latitudes of 40º south, over 5000 kilometres from their nesting sites.