Tagging Turtles

Leo Spiegelfeld & Frankie Hesling
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May 18, 2016
in
Ras Kutani

Watching baby breen turtles make their first journey from the shell to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean is a treat many of our guests at Ras Kutani get to witness, in fact more and more every year due to the diligent work of SeaSense.  SeaSense is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) that works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species including sea turtles, dugongs, whales, dolphins and whale sharks.  

Since 2004, during the months of April and May, Sea Sense Conservation Officers conduct night time patrols of green turtle nesting beaches in the Ras Kutani locality between the hours of 7pm to 6am.  This area is one of the largest green turtle rookeries in Tanzania.  Their aim is to spot female turtles coming to the shore to nest and tag them using a titanium flipper tag so individuals can be continually monitored.  The tagging programme provides data on important reproductive parameters including clutch frequencies, levels of nest site fidelity and duration of inter-nesting intervals. Monitoring these trends over time can better inform conservation and management recommendations for the species.  Since the tagging has been actioned over the last years the officers now meet females already tagged, returning to nest - showing them what a great job they are doing!

This year Selous Safari Company donated $1,000 from our "charity pot" to support this vital annual initiative.  Thank you so much to each and every guest who gave money - we always find sustainable and necessary projects to support to ensure your donations are well used and if you wish to support this fantastic organisation further please look at their website and consider adopting a turtle!