We design our Earthwatch Teen Expeditions specifically and exclusively for 15- to 18-year-olds. They’re unlike any other experience a teenager can have.
Do something special this summer: swim alongside sea turtles in tropical waters and meet people from around the world.
The green sea turtle and the hawksbill sea turtle are in trouble. Even though the Bahamian government has made it illegal to catch them in the country’s waters, their habitats need to be protected from coastal development and climate change to save them from further decline.
Help researchers find out exactly where these habitats are by snorkeling or boating in clear coastal waters with these sea turtles. Immerse yourself in the tidal mangrove creeks, sea grass beds, and coral reefs where these turtles forage during their juvenile years. Although scientists know that these habitats are critical for young turtles, they don’t know how turtles choose them and move between them. By determining where turtles are most abundant and measuring physical characteristics of the water like depth and temperature, you'll help find the qualities that make for preferred foraging grounds.
Discovering which areas are most important to turtles will help researchers and the government create plans that protect the right habitats from development. By taking this rare opportunity to share the water with these ancient creatures, you’ll help ensure their future.