Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Our beaches are breeding grounds for endangered sea turtles including the Leatherback, Black, and Olive Ridley species. Despite this, turtle egg poaching as a delicacy is still a problem. Other problems are pollution, trawl net fishing, and development disturbing their nesting beaches. The turtles undertake epic migrations at sea. Using Earth's magnetic field as an internal compass, they return to the exact spot where they were born to mate and lay their own eggs. Due to turtle reproduction being beach-specific, lack of protection would be devastating to the species.
A local sea turtle conservation project monitors the different species and their health, moves nests to a protected hatchery, collects data relevant to nesting activity and releases baby turtles back into the ocean. Depending on the season - most nesting activity is between July and November - students may participate in tagging and measuring turtles, patrolling the beach looking for nesting females, monitoring the hatchery, and providing for the safe release of hatchlings.