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Baby sea turtles Thank You, Sea Shepherd: Operation Pacuare in Costa Rica

The first major land-based marine conservancy effort carried out in Costa Rica by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, founded by the ever-controversial Canadian activist Paul Watson, has wrapped up its operations for the year. Reports by Sea Shepherd and the Latin American Sea Turtles Association (LAST) are calling Operation Pacuare a success.   Before getting to the Sea Shepherd pre...

UFO Why UFOs May Visit the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

A renowned ufologist and researcher of paranormal activity has determined that the ongoing eruption of the Turrialba volcano presents an ideal opportunity for sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in Costa Rica. Sixto Paz Wells is a Peruvian UFO researcher who has written dozens of books on topics that transcend the space-time continuum that most of us strive to understand. Mr. Paz wa...

Jurassic Wolrd 4 Jurassic World Trailer Features Luxury Travel to Costa Rica

Although the Jurassic World trailer was supposed to be unleashed on Thanksgiving, it appears that Universal Pictures jumped the gun (or the shark, if you watch the trailer below closely) and released an exciting theatrical trailer two days before planned. This new film, which is scheduled to be the mega summer blockbuster of 2015, is faithful to the fictional Jurassic Park universe created by the ...

Robotics Team Fast Robot from Costa Rica Wins Award in Russia

Young robotics engineers from Costa Rica have done their country proud at the 11th World Robot Olympiad (WRO) currently underway in Sochi, Russia. According to an official press release from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, engineers representing our country in the College Category advanced to the final stage and received a special award for their robotic creation. La...

Hummingbird Watch Hummingbirds Fly and Feed in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Costa Rica is blessed with various kinds of hummingbirds; some are more colorful than others, but they are all adorable and fascinating. We even have one hummingbird species that prefers climbing to hovering when it comes to feeding on the sweet nectar of colorful tropical flowers, but there is nothing like watching hovering hummingbirds in Costa Rica. Aeronautical engineers and scientists have...

mosquito Fighting Dengue and Malaria with Blankets in Costa Rica

Although Costa Rica has the lowest regional mortality rate for vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, the fact remains that children from low-income families are the most affected by mosquito bites. As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star: The most dangerous organism in Costa Rica is not even a vertebrate, but it kills approximately three quarters of a million humans each year. ...

Sea Snake Snakes on the Beach in Costa Rica: No Reason to Worry

One of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica is home to luxury resorts, spectacular real estate, lush vegetation, sugary sands, and yellow-bellied snakes that slither right out of the ocean and give some people a good scare. Playa Flamingo is located on the Gold Coast of Guanacaste, one of the hottest tourist spots in Costa Rica, and it is here where sightings of Pelamis platura, yellow-bellied ...

Source: RSN UCR Turrialba Volcano Gifts Costa Rica a Pretty Turquoise Lake

Source: RSN UCR There is a new and attractive lake atop the crater of the Turrialba volcano in the province of Cartago; alas, volcano tourists should not yet rejoice. The park remains closed and under yellow alert due to an early morning eruption on Thursday, which sent heavy plumes of ash followed by a gas exhalation phase. Needless to say, the lake is strictly off-limits to swimmers. &nbs...

Costa Rica Hammerhead Shark Costa Rica and Ecuador Support Hammerhead Shark Protection

The waters surrounding Cocos Island of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Archipelago of Ecuador are two of the most important shark habitats in the world. These two nations have been working together to protect their shark treasures, and they recently contributed to the Convention on Migratory Species. Here's the official press release on this important marine conservation matter: Historic Advances in...

Source: Paul Freed, California Academy of Sciences “Giant Earthworm” Unearthed in Costa Rica

Source: Paul Freed, California Academy of Sciences A groundskeeper in Rio de Oro de Santa Ana, province of San Jose, was cleaning up weeds and brush in an empty lot when he suddenly ran into a creature that resembled a large snake, but far uglier and slimier. The groundskeeper was startled and could have hacked the unsightly organism to pieces with his machete; fortunately, he isolated the ani...

Turrialba November Into the Crater: The Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Source: OVSICORI It's been five days since scientists from the Observatory on Seismology and Volcanology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) and the National Seismology Network (Spanish initials: RSN) climbed to the top of the Turrialba volcano along with emergency management officials after a powerful eruption.. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, geologists, petrologists, vo...

Turrialba November Magma Detection Instrument in Place at the Turrialba Volcano

A special geodesic instrument similar to devices that connect to the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network will measure minuscule terrain changes near the Turrialba volcano for the purpose of assessing future eruptions. In the meantime, the forecast for acid rain in some regions of Costa Rica remains along with warnings about continuing ash clouds. Scientists from the Observatory on...

Source: OVSICORI Less Ash, More Vapor Emanating from the Turrialba Volcano

Source: OVSICORI Conditions have slightly improved for the agricultural communities that lie on the skirts of the Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica. Incandescence and isolated events of pyroclastic flow are still being detected, which is why the Turrialba National Park remains off-limits to visitors; however, the danger presented by eruptions of ash and great blocks of igneous volcanic matter ha...

Source: Ge PC Facebook Volcanic Blues: Ash Clouds and Acid Rain in Costa Rica

Source: Ge PC Facebook Days after the powerful magmatic eruption of the Turrialba volcano in the province of Cartago, ash clouds and acid rain are affecting the lives of thousands of residents in Costa Rica. The impact of this geological aftermath has had a negative effect on public health and the agricultural sectors, but the tourism economy in the region has yet to report losses.   ...

Source: OVSICORI Geologists in Costa Rica at the Turrialba Crater

Source: OVSICORI Teams of earth scientists and emergency management officials who climbed to the top of the Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica yesterday issued a volcanology report that supports yellow alert conditions in the area. Although the presence of lava was not detected in the crater area, the colossus is still very active in terms of expelling other volcanic matter. As previously repo...

Turrialba volcano Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica: Magma Eruption Confirmed

After brief deliberation and disagreement, geologists from the two main Earth science research centers in Costa Rica have come to the agreement that the recent eruptions of the Turrialba volcano in the province of Cartago are magmatic rather than phreatic. They also agree that the ongoing activity could result in stronger volcanic eruptions such as the one that sent heavy ash clouds over the Centr...

earthquakes costa rica Early Day of the Dead Earthquakes Stir Costa Rica

A few hours after a 4.2 MW earthquake scared Halloween revelers in Guanacaste, residents of the Central Valley in Costa Rica were jolted awake by a 4.3 MW seism that occurred at 1:23 am. This geological event was followed by a number of aftershocks that culminated in a stronger temblor at 3:27 am. The epicenter of these seismic disturbances, which happened just hours before people in Costa Rica pr...

Source: OVSICORI Halloween Earthquake Scares Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Source: OVSICORI Trick-or-treaters and costumed revelers in the Gold Coast beaches of Costa Rica were shaken up by a 4.2 MW earthquake, which was felt in the communities of Santa Cruz, Nicoya, Cerro Negro, Diria, Nambi, Playa Samara, Playa Grande, Hojancha, and Playas del Coco. The epicenter was located inland, about 9 km south of Diria, between Liberia and the Nicoya peninsula, at a depth of ...

A dairy cow is evacuated as it rains down ash. Photo: RSN Costa Rica on Green Alert for Volcanic Eruption

A dairy cow is evacuated as the Turrialba rains down ash. Photo: RSN About 20 minutes before midnight on October 29th, the Turrialba Volcano in the province of Cartago woke up from its slumber without warning and delivered the strongest eruption in the last 150 years. The quiet agricultural town of Turrialba was shaken by a few seismic movements, which were followed by massive ash clouds that ...

Leatherback Las Baulas Marine Park in Costa Rica Will Shut Down at Night

One of the most pristine coastal areas of Costa Rica will be partially shut down after dark from now until March 15, 2015. The Las Baulas (Leatherback Turtles) Marine Park in the Osa Peninsula will close down beach access to Playa Grande, Playa Ventanas, Playa Langosta, and Playa Carbon from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am to allow for the massive arrivals of Dermochelys coriacea during nesting season. The ...