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Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) deployed a satellite transmitter on a green turtle and christened her with the name of Bonni.

Transmitters are deployed just after the female turtles complete laying their final nest. With this technology, STCB can track Bonni in real-time during her migration to her feeding habitat. This information guides best management practices for the conservation of sea turtles in the region.

The satellite transmitter was fitted at 4:00 AM on September 11, 2018, by STCB staff and volunteers. Immediately, signals were received and staff could see that Bonni left Bonaire right directly after returning to the sea. This indicates that the nest just laid probably is her last nest of this season.  Bonni started her journey back home under a beautiful night full of stars.

Tracking green sea turtle, Bonni, as she departs from Bonaire.

Tracking Bonni.

As of now, Bonni is already 43 nautical miles from Bonaire, on the most eastern part of the Las Aves Archipelago. Las Aves is located north of Venezuela, between Bonaire and the Los Roques Archipelago. The last signal was received at 10:29 AM this morning. STCB will continue to monitor Bonni’s locations and they are eager to find out where she’ll go next.

(Source:  STCB)

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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

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