Police officers were treated to a turtle release party in Playa Hermosa near Jacó this week. Some 300 tiny oliver ridley turtles were released into the surf.
Police officers were being rewarded for keeping an eye on the turtle-nesting sites in the area.
Franklin Cárdenas, the local police chief, said that in 15 years the number of turtle nests on the beaches had doubled from 750 to 1,500. The activity was at the beach side of the police station. The event was supervised by environmental ministry workers.