Turtle tracks reveal very different lifestyles

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 1 November 2011

If you’ve not yet signed up to follow our tagged turtles as they travel around the waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands - now may be the time to do so, as things hot up!

If you’ve not yet signed up to follow our tagged turtles as they travel around the waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands - now may be the time to do so, as things hot up! The turtles have divided into two camps -the boys and the girls and as with so many things - the girls are keeping pretty busy whilst the boys are taking things a bit easy! The boys, Tom, Gilbert and Dave, are all being boring, and staying pretty close to where they were were taqgged. But the girls, Taino and Jewel, are really getting about. Taino has travelled away from her pals Dave and Gilbert and is mooching around the mouth of the strangely named, Windward Passage Going through. We’re not sure what she’s up to, but she is a much adventurous teenage green turtle than Dave and Gilbert. Sign up to follow here and who knows what we may discover. Jewel is fascinating! She nested for the first time this year in late October at the same spot where she nested in 2009. There have been very few records of tracking two consecutive nesting seasons of an individual female turtle because they don’t usually nest every year and so the tag has to last at least two years to record it. Jewel has been tagged for 749 days and is still going strong! This is all really exciting, even though she appears to have only travelled a few miles to do it! You can keep right up to date with our turtle travellers here Sign up now!

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