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Turtle Photography in Costa Rica

Postby photoguy » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:43 pm

Does anyone know if cameras with the flash disabled are allowed on the beaches at night. I've read that flashes are not allowed but I'm not clear if cameras can be taken on turtle walks so long as flashes are turned off.
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Re: Turtle Photography in Costa Rica

Postby Meezerman » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:49 pm

I can't remember, but I'm pretty sure your camera will be useless without a flash. The beaches are really dark--we had to get within a couple feet to make out anything.

Also, the rules on light are really strict. The view screen and other lights on the camera would probably be too bright.
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Re: Turtle Photography in Costa Rica

Postby lilblogger » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:43 pm

Hi photoguy,

I'm not sure about other areas of Costa Rica, but when I was in Tortuguero National Park seeing the turtles lay eggs at night, you aren't allowed to bring ANY lights on the beach. It was pitch dark.

The guide had a red flashlight to help see, but no other lights were allowed (i.e. no flashlights, cameras, etc). Apparently bright lights or lights other than red lights are known to startle the turtles and cause them not to lay eggs.

I wanted to take pictures too, but the rationale makes a lot of sense.
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