DAY 1: 9th November 2019 We hit the ground running with a turtle dissection, to locate and identify the sex and gonads of a deceased turtle, snorkeling with bump-head parrot fish and sharks and turtle tagging and monitoring in the afternoon ready for our first night of patrolling tonight!
DAY 2: 10th November 2019 First night on patrol and 7 turtles tagged and one next with 90 eggs relocated to our hatchery site. The lucky lady who successfully nested only 2 weeks ago on the 26th of October laid her first nest of the season. She has been busy!!
DAY 3: 11th November 2019 Feeding cleaning and nap time in the nursery today with the volunteers. Also a big day setting up Panasesa's first weather station at Due South and WWF & Melissa Staines project site as part of the nest cooling data collection we will be doing this year as a continuation from last years very successful experiments.
DAY 4: 12th November 2019 It is becoming more apparent very night we are going out on patrol, the biggest impact sea level change is having on our precious turtles and their nesting success. of the 6 turtles that came up to lay last night only one did successfully. The cause in unsuitable nesting habitat, and beaches being washed away by sea level rise.
DAY 5: 13th November 2019 Who would of thought they would be doing RODEO in Papua New Guinea, for turtles!! Our volunteers had a great time sampling our sub-adult population around the atoll. They managed to collect two of the most different looking green turtles we have ever come across.
DAY 6: 14th November 2019 From one end of the atoll to the other our volunteers are keeping very busy with over 15 turtles tagged since they arrived.
However they still have time to enjoy the epic sunsets!
DAY 7: 15th November 2019 What a difference a few people can make. At the eastern most point of the Conflict Islands sits Arorora where our amazing team collected over 45kgs pf plastic waste and marine debris that had washed up on its shores. Well done team.
DAY 8: 16th November 2019 DATA DATA DATA
lots of turtles means lots of data entry to be done. Keeping busy day and night. Our dedicated team relocated 5 nests to our hatchery, all green turtles.
DAY 9: 16th November 2019 learning new skills in science is just as important in learning traditional skills and knowledge from the people around us. Our volunteers get exposure to the 'bush ways' of doing things here in PNG, learning culture language and understanding there is more then one way to do things which helps to problem solve in the real world.