Why wasn't the area protected, if it was on a wildlife refuge? Well, it actually was: park rangers (and even the police) attempted to put a stop to the madness, but because the crowd was so massive, they weren't able to re-establish order before the damage was done.
Pro tip: if you're visiting Costa Rica, maybe just stay the fuck away from the sea turtles.
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