Turtle Tracking in the Bahamas
Where: Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas
Focus: Tracking green and hawsbill turtles to discover which habitats are most important to juvenile turtles and how to protect these areas from development.
- Adult Teams – Over 18s.
- Teen Teams – All volunteers aged between 15-18.
- Group bookings on request.
When: Set expedition dates – Adult: February – September | Teen: June
Duration: 9 days
Cost: Expeditions starts from – Adult: GBP 2150 | Teen: GBP 2450.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Play a vital part in the conservation of green and hawksbill turtles.
- Immerse yourself in tidal mangrove creeks, sea grass beds, and coral reefs where juvenile turtles forage. Assist researchers in determining why turtles choose, and move between, these different sites.
- Catch turtles in the water from a boat in order to take tissue samples, attach tracking tags and record the turtle’s measurements, and weight.
- Help set up nets in order to catch turtles at the mouth of a tidal creek, then assist the researchers to collect data before releasing the turtles.
- Snorkel through turtle habitats to collect environmental data such as water depth and temperature. You’ll also collect plant samples and record GPS locations.
- Patrol for predators using BRUVs (baited remote underwater video cameras). Analyse the video footage looking for signs of turtle predators like lemon sharks and nurse sharks.
- Go for a hike or kayak around the island during free time.
Volunteers stay at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), a hub of environmental research and education. The institute is situated on the island of Eleuthera. a few steps away from beautiful beaches.
- Sleeping: Shared, dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds, ceiling fans and ocean views.
- Food: 3 meals a day. A mix of Caribbean and American food, buffet-style, served in the Institute’s communal dining area. Snacks are available to buy next door at the Cape Eleuthera Resort and Yacht Club.
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