Your days will be full of variety. If you’re an early riser, start the morning with a run or a swim led by Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) staff. Or stay in bed a little later and meet up with the rest of your team for breakfast and a daily activities briefing. The team will spend the research days both in and out of the water: you’ll help tag turtles, spot them from boats and record their locations via GPS, snorkel through prime turtle habitat to take measurements, and help deploy and collect BRUVs (baited remote underwater video cameras) to record and analyze footage of the animals that swim within their view.
On some teams, you’ll also help deploy hydrophones (underwater microphones) from a boat or while snorkeling. Those who have experience skin diving (diving while holding one’s breath instead of with a breathing apparatus), or want to learn how, may get to help collect the hydrophones from the sea floor in shallow parts of the ocean.
After a day of fieldwork in the sun and the sea, the team will head back to CEI to relax or explore and eat dinner. In the evenings, you’ll help process the data, analyze BRUV videos, sit in on a research presentation by one of the scientists, or casually discuss your experiences in the field so far.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.