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Ocean Health

Tracking Sea Turtles in The Bahamas

Where do endangered sea turtles thrive? Help scientists find out and protect these critical habitats.


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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Sea turtles have traditionally provided food and income for locals. But all four species that visit the Bahamas are in danger of extinction.

Help researchers explore fascinating questions that will lead to a fuller picture of how green and hawksbill sea turtles use the marine world.

In their juvenile years, sea turtles primarily feed on the sea grass found in shallow waters. But the habitats where they might find this tasty plant vary in size, types of vegetation, presence of predators, and a host of other features. So why do sea turtles forage where they do? Presumably, the habitats with the most foraging turtles are those that have the most optimal conditions. You’ll help monitor the abundance of turtles in mangrove creeks and other habitats and track the physical features of those habitats to find out what draws turtles to a particular place.

Help us help endangered sea turtle species in the Bahamas by joining our expedition on Eleuthera Island.

Your work will contribute to a long-term look at where the sea turtles go, both as populations and as individuals. As more Earthwatchers contribute their time, the researchers will develop a clearer and longer-range view of whether a group of turtles has vacated an area because of a change in conditions, for example, and of how individual turtles grow and move around. As humans continue to shape the natural world these turtles depend on, it's critical to understand their movements in space and over time so that we can best protect the places they need most.

About the research area

Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas, Central America & The Caribbean

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Annabelle
Brooks
Research Manager, Cape Eleuthera Research Institute

ABOUT Annabelle Brooks

Annabelle Brooks has more than ten years of marine ecology experience conducted in the Bahamas and in the Indian Ocean. Annabelle is head of research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, which includes studies on invasive lionfish, sharks, sea turtles, queen conch, and bonefish.

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