Tracking Turtles in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Our Turks and Caicos Islands Project is carrying out research in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) 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.
Since 2009 we have been attached satellite transmitters to 17 green and hawksbill turtles. Suzie, an adult green turtle, was the first turtle to be tagged by the project, and 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.
Since 2011 we have focussed this work on sub-adult ("teenage") green turtles, and we are still currently tracking some of these animals. So please sign up to follow these turtles and join us on a voyage of discovery - happy tracking!