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Ocean Spirits Leatherback Sea Turtle Project, Grenada

Volunteer in the Caribbean and get involved with leatherback sea turtle monitoring, research and community outreach programme. Based on the island of Grenada the Ocean Spirits programme focuses on the conservation of the marine turtles and has been featured on Secret Caribbean documentary presented by Sir Trevor Macdonald.  As a research volunteer you will be involved in night patrols of the nesting sites, flipper tagging, data collection, nest excavations and assisting with organised sea turtle watches for school/community groups.

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Ocean Spirits Leatherback Sea Turtle Research & Education Programme, Grenada

Your experience as a Research Assistant volunteer will: Provide hands-on field experience with the world’s largest sea turtle - Research Assistants are not just observers but active members of the research team. Directly help the reduction of illegal egg poaching activities - the presence of nightly research patrols has reduced this threat by more than 60%. Contribute to the preservation of Grenada’s turtles through local educational events.

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Monitoring nesting sea turtles and hatchlings on Carriacou, a tiny island of the Grenadines Archipelago, Caribbean Sea

Measuring Matilda, leatherback returnee since 2005

The close encounter with sea turtles is an amazing experience, like meeting a prehistoric animal. In fact these creatures lived at the same time as dinosaurs, 100 million years ago. They survived the glacial era, yet today they may not survive the destruction of their species and habitat made by humans, unless we actively protect them. Helping mother turtles to nest safely and protecting their nests and hatchlings is essential for their population to survive the odds against them and for maintaining the balance of the marine ecosystem.

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