We received an email this morning with a series of photos saying they depicted why sea turtles were endangered concluding "and it is not global warming!" [That explanation should set off warning bells...]
The egg collection is part of a government-run program that allows a very short stint of egg collecting (to satisfy a traditional demand for the eggs and their presumed aphrodisiac powers) while also preventing the destruction of many eggs by the turtles themselves who come back to lay in another wave.
Anti-hoax explanation webpage http://www.hoax-slayer.com/costa-rica-turtle-eggs.shtml
Substantiated by a Costa Rican government website
|John Burnett, NPR|
The Project Director is John Burnett, for 12 years Southwest Correspondent for NPR based in Austin, Texas. Burnett took a year-long leave of absence from his regular duties covering Texas to travel in Central America, research the stories, write them and produce them."
Various Costa Rica B and B sites list the egg laying as a reason to visit.