September would have been Oscar’s 21st Birthday, so of course this time for many that knew Oscar is quite bitter sweet. Despite the challenges and
Update number six from Naomi! Naomi and the ocean spirits team are now doing field work on a remote island, which means busy schedules and limited access to a laptop or service, hence the few week delay!
Friday 24th June – Thursday 30th June 2022:
As I had made my way through almost all of the blood samples over the previous few days in the lab, I was able to have a day off in the south on Friday. I ended up eating lunch at Grand Anse beach, where I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing, swimming and audiobooking. The following day, two of the Ocean Spirits volunteers were signed up for a Discover Scuba Dive with Eco Dive, and so the instructor kindly allowed me to tag along with them. The three of us then travelled back up to the north in the afternoon, and I worked the leatherback night survey later that evening. Monday was another relatively quiet in-water day with just 4 turtles, though we landed an adult female hawksbill for a second time, that we had tagged only the week before. A series of tropical depressions then passed through the area over the next few days, resulting in heavy rain and winds of up to 50mph. Because of this, I decided to move into the leatherback project house for 2 days, allowing for communal dinners, a couple of movie nights and late-night snacks with the volunteers as entertainment. Unfortunately, the poor weather also meant that our in-water day was cancelled on Wednesday, so I did some work from home instead, and prepared for my 6-month ResM supervisory meeting, which I had on Thursday morning. My parents also landed in Grenada on Wednesday night for a week-long trip, and so once they arrived in the north on Thursday afternoon, we went to Belmont Estate for lunch and a tour of the chocolate plantation.
Following on from the collaboration project with Ocean Spirits, University of Plymouth, St. Georges University and OMEF, 5 turtles in total have been fitted with
Grenada’s beaches and coastal waters support nesting and foraging aggregations of endangered green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and of critically endangered hawksbills turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). During
Towards the start of 2022 a collaboration was launched between ourselves, Ocean Spirits, University of Plymouth and St George’s University in Grenada was launched. This
Starting in May 2022 we funded a new project with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project (University of the West Indies). OMEF is supporting the 24hour