As species, sea turtles have survived for millions of years. They saw the dinosaurs come and go. But they might not withstand human threats.
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, to save these endangered species from further decline, researchers need to ensure their habitats are protected from coastal development and climate change.
Help scientists find out exactly where these habitats are by snorkeling (or boating, if you prefer) in clear coastal waters alongside hawksbill and green sea turtles. You'll actually jump into the water and catch these fascinating creatures, which you'd never get to do if not part of a top-notch research project.
Immerse yourself in the tidal mangrove creeks, sea grass beds, and coral reefs where these turtles forage during their juvenile years, before they reach full adulthood. Although scientists know that these habitats are critical for young turtles, they don’t know exactly 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 uncover the qualities that make for preferred foraging grounds.
Discovering which habitats are most important to these 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 futures.