Earlier this year, in June, the peak of the turtle nesting season, UB student and ERI volunteer, Areli Perez documented 9 sea turtle crawls on the beach of Calabash Caye. Unfortunately, none were confirmed to be nesting sites. The last documented nest on the island was of a Hawksbill sea turtle back in 2010. After years of monitoring, it appeared as if sea turtles had lost their affinity to Calabash Caye as a nesting area. The Sea Turtle Conservation Network has designated th
Back in June, the ERI, collaborating with the Oceanic Society with funding from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and support from Belize Fisheries Department and UB students, carried out a baseline study of sea turtle distribution and abundance conducted at the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR). The effort resulted in 86 turtle sightings of which 17 were captured, measured, tagged and released. Among the 17 captured was a female loggerhead (Caretta caretta).