Tracking Turtles in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Our Turks and Caicos Islands Project has been carrying out research in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) since 2008 in a bid to improve the management of the traditional and legitimate turtle fishery that still operates there. This work includes cutting-edge satellite tracking of green and hawksbill turtles allowing us to follow the turtle's lives at sea.
By signing up to this project, you can take part in scientific discovery as it happens.
In 2009 and 2010 we attached tags to six turtles, including two green turtles and four hawksbills. Suzie the adult green turtle, the first to be tagged by the project, surprised everyone by taking an incredible 6,000 km round trip over nine months before her transmitter stopped sending us data - read her story here. Shyvonne, another adult green turtle (pictured below), was tagged after nesting on a cay in the TCI in September 2010, and then went on to migrate 750 km to the US Virgin Islands, where she stayed until her tag stopped transmitting - read her story here. The transmitters on two of the four adult hawksbill turtles are still sending us information and you can track these turtles on this site.
In 2011 and 2012 we have also attached tags to six sub-adult green turtles, with generous support from the National Marine Aquarium, the British Chelonia Group, the Amanyara Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the People's Trust for Endangered Species, Kenneth DeRegt and Keith Anderson.
So please sign up to follow these turtles and join us on a voyage of discovery - happy tracking!