Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire reports that the 2018 turtle nesting season is in full swing!
2018 turtle nest count.
This year’s nesting season started on May 7th when the STCB beach-keepers found the first loggerhead nest on Klein Bonaire. To date, 23 sea turtle nests have been laid on Klein Bonaire, 16 nests in the south of Bonaire, and one nest at Playa Chikitu in Washington Park.
This season’s first nest has also hatched: 132 loggerhead hatchlings safely reached the sea!!
Net captures at Lac Bay for research.
In June and July, STCB staff and volunteers captured, weighed, measured and tagged a total of 69 sea turtles at Lac Bay: 67 green turtles, one hawksbill, and one juvenile loggerhead–the second juvenile loggerhead in 16 years!
STCB also recaptured a total of nine turtles. One of these turtles had already been captured by the STCB team twice over the past four years. In March 2014, “Atlantis,” a green turtle, was captured. It weighed only 3 kg (6.6 pounds) and its carapace measured 30.2 cm (11.8 inches). A year later, Atlantis was captured for measurements once again at Margate Bay, and it had gained 2 kg (4.4 pounds) and its carapace had grown 4 cm (1.5 inches). In July 2018 STCB recaptured this same green turtle, this time in Lac Bay. It now weighed 15.2 kg (33.5 pounds) and its carapace was 48 cm (19 inches)!
Join in on nest monitoring with STCB.
As one of Bonaire’s unique activities, visitors can join STCB during nesting season when their staff and volunteers monitor sea turtles nests. Participation is limited and advance reservations are necessary.
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Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.