Human activities are putting sea turtles in danger. Work with Earthwatch scientists to assess sea turtle health and collect crucial data to support better management strategies to conserve these wondrous creatures.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world, spanning over 1,800 miles. This stunning seascape is an international icon, not only for its unique corals, but also for the huge diversity of plants and animals that rely on the reef, including whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. But the reef is being increasingly threatened by industrial runoff, overfishing, and a warming climate. This decline is affecting many of the animals that depend on the reef as well, leaving once bustling ecosystems barren and lifeless.
This project aims to follow one animal that lives within the Great Barrier Reef, the endangered green sea turtle, and determine how well these turtle populations are faring in areas heavily impacted by humans. On this project, Earthwatch scientists are testing novel methods to assess the health of turtles in the wild. These data will help researchers to determine how healthy and ready to reproduce the turtle populations are, giving them insights into how human impacts are affecting the health of the turtle populations as a whole. Once researchers have determined where there are “areas of risk” for sea turtles, they’ll be able to better influence management decisions and actions to more precisely protect turtle populations.
Join us in walking along Australia’s beaches and swimming along the Great Barrier Reef to aid researchers in assessing the health of green sea turtle populations. You will not only learn about green sea turtle biology, conservation, and health issues, but you will also experience first-hand what you can do to protect this endangered species.