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Cayman Islands 2006: Green Turtle
Contact: Blumenthal, Janice
Availability: This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Notes: Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted.
Every summer, Caribbean turtles migrate thousands of kilometers to nest in the Cayman Islands. This nesting population may once have been one of the largest in the Atlantic – but today, only a handful of turtles have escaped extinction. Where do these mysterious survivors live when they are not nesting? Satellite tracking is the only way to follow the migrations of these endangered sea turtles from nesting beaches in the Cayman Islands to foraging grounds in distant countries. With the help of schools and the local community, the Department of Environment is tracking endangered Cayman turtles across the open ocean to Central America, Mexico, and the Florida Keys. The Cayman turtles travel through the waters of many different nations, and conservation efforts will depend on a clear understanding of their movements.
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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Metadatarecord created: 2013-06-26
Information last updated: 2014-06-18