World Turtle News, 12/24/2018
Saving Sea Turtle Reefs in Ecuador
All sea turtle species are endangered. Both the Endangered Green (Chelonia mydas) and the Critically Endangered Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) nest and forage in important beaches and reefs of the Machalilla National Park in Ecuador. We have been protecting the nesting beaches for 10 years and have helped more than 50.000 thousand neonates safely reach the sea. We are also monitoring the nesting beaches using UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to see what is happening with climate change and allowing us to prepare for the future nesting grounds.
We now want to help them in their next life stages, after they leave the nest. For this we have to know more about them, where do they go, what do they do, when do they come back to the home reefs? We will start by mapping the reefs using sonar technology and ultimately 3D imaging technology, to better monitor the changes
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Photo from Felipe Vallejo.