Marine Turtle Conservation

Project name:

Marine Turtle Conservation Project / Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT)

Project purpose:

Marine Turtle Conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

163

Marine

Cyprus

Europe

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • communication skills

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Shared house

When does the project run?

May - October

Facilities:

accommodation included
food included
cooking facilities
electricity
near-by medical
refillable drinking water
cold shower
western toilet
wifi

How long can I stay?

Volunteer placements with us are 6-8 weeks, however you can stay longer. Volunteers are expected to pay a fee of £750 for this placement which includes, food, accommodation and a return airport transfer.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers from overseas must be 18 years of age and local volunteers younger than 18 years must provide parental consent.

  • Volunteers need to be physically fit, as you should expect to be walking up to 10km a day/night in temperatures of 30-40 degrees celcius.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Day to day life at the project can vary greatly depending on which team you are that week. Below are the different areas you may work in.


Nesting Females
Volunteers patrol the main study beaches at Alagadi throughout each night, every 10 minutes, from late May through mid-September. Upon encountering a female, she is observed by a group of volunteers to record whether she is nesting, attempting to nest or retreating to the sea. Upon nesting the turtle’s carapace length and width are measured along with the pattern and amount of scutes on the shell and she is checked for and fitted with identification tags. The nesting behaviour is observed and the number of body pits and egg chambers attempted are also recorded. She may also be fitted with a satellite transmitter or datalogger. Volunteers place a temperature data logging device into the nest and will place a flat mesh cage on top to help protect against predation by dogs and foxes which habitually dig down to nests when they encounter them. Lastly a dome cage is placed on the top of the nest, to warn visitors using the beach. From mid-July to end of September these nests are checked on every night at regular intervals to ensure they have not been predated and to work with hatchlings, a sample of which are measured and weighed prior to release.

Excavations
Excavation provides data that allows us to gauge the success of the nest and often to unearth some hatchlings that may not have survived otherwise. Excavations are undertaken during early morning or late afternoon. Certain nests are excavated publicly with tourists and locals. At these public events we also raise funds through donations to finance the continuation of the project.

Releases
A release is an educational public event where a number of members of the public can release hatchling turtles under the supervision of the volunteers, on the beach, shortly after dark. These are very popular events and are excellent at raising the profile of turtle conservation, particularly with children, who may be allowed to name, hold and release a hatchling, which is an unforgettable experience.

Day work
From Alagadi, Karpaz and the West Coast base groups of up to four volunteers patrol set beaches every morning, starting at sunrise. Depending on how much activity is encountered a typical day can be as short as 4 hours or much longer, perhaps returning to base close to night-fall. Much ground is covered during this work and volunteers are rotated each week so that most volunteers get to experience all aspects of turtle conservation. During day work nests are located and screened to reduce predation rates and later are excavated to analyse success and to release any remaining hatchlings.


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Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

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