Sea Turtle Tracking: Eastern Caribbean Hawksbill Tracking & Conservation Project

In August 2006, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis and the Nevis Turtle Group began an inaugural sea turtle research and conservation project to study the migration patterns of “critically endangered” hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) nesting along the Caribbean coast of Nevis in the West Indies. The study will reveal important information about the turtle’s migratory behavior, which will help both conservationists and natural resource managers to improve protection efforts for this endangered species. To date, seventeen hawksbills have been tracked since the start of the program.

The satellite transmitter attached to each hawksbill sends signals to orbiting satellites each time the turtles surface to breath. The data will be collected and downloaded to STC researchers. Educational migration maps will show the best location points of the turtle’s movements and locations. This will allow interested persons all over the world to watch along as researchers discover where the sea turtles travel after nesting. Through STC’s online educational program, the public is invited to watch along on the Internet as we learn more about these amazing animals.

For more information on sea turtles, check out the Sea Turtle Information section of our website.

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Click on the turtle’s name to see a map of its movements.

2016 Turtles

SUNDROP – Sundrop is an adult hawksbill sea turtle released on July 18, 2016 with a satellite transmitter after nesting on the beach at Lovers Beach, Nevis. She measured 77.3 cm curved carapace (shell) length. Sundrop was named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis

SYLVIA – Sylvia is an adult hawksbill sea turtle released on July 18, 2016 with a satellite transmitter after nesting on the beach at Lovers Beach, Nevis. She measured 86.8 cm curved carapace (shell) length. Sylvia was named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

2015 Turtles

LUNA – Luna is an adult hawksbill sea turtle released on July 12, 2015 with a satellite transmitter after nesting on the beach at Jones Bay, Nevis. She measure 78.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. This was Luna’s third nest of the season, she had previously nested two times on Lover’s Beach, Nevis. She is taking part in the 2015 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

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MILLIE – Millie is an adult hawksbill sea turtle released on July 13, 2015 with a satellite transmitter after nesting on the beach at Oualie Beach, Nevis. She measure 95.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and is one of the largest hawksbills nesting in Nevis. She is taking part in the 2015 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

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2014 Turtles

COCO – Coco is an adult hawksbill sea turtle released on July 20, 2014 with a satellite transmitter after nesting on the beach at Jones Bay, Nevis. She measure 88.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She is taking part in the 2014 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

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SUGAR – Sugar is an adult hawksbill sea turtle released on July 22, 2014 with a satellite transmitter after nesting on Lover’s Beach, Nevis. She measured 82.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 76.5 cm curved carapace width. Sugar was first encountered nesting by the Nevis Turtle Group in 2007. She is taking part in the 2014 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

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2013 Turtles

BANJO – Banjo is an adult hawksbill sea turtle released on July 22, 2013 with a satellite transmitter after nesting on Lover’s Beach, Nevis. She measure 76.3 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. Named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

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CARIBELLE – Caribelle is an adult hawksbill sea turtle released on July 21, 2013 with a satellite transmitter after nesting on Lover’s Beach, Nevis. She measure 80.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. Named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

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2012 Turtles

NEVE – Neve is an adult female green sea turtle encountered nesting on July, 2012, on Lover’s Beach, Nevis. I measure 107.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. Neve is the first green sea turtle satellite tracked from Nevis. Named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

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PINNEY – Pinney is an adult hawksbill sea turtle encountered nesting on July 22, 2012, on Cades Bay Beach, Nevis. I measure 76.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. Named by her sponsor, Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

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2011 Turtles

CORAL – Coral is an adult hawksbill sea turtle that was encountered nesting on Lover’s Beach, Nevis, on August 3, 2011. Coral took part in the 2011 Tour de Turtles marathon. A satellite tag was applied after she nested.

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PARADISE – Paradise is an adult female hawksbill sea turtle encountered nesting on Cotton Ground Beach, Nevis on August 4, 2011. Paradise took part in the 2011 Tour de Turtles marathon. A satellite tag was applied after she nested.

JEWEL – Jewel is an adult female hawksbill sea turtle encountered nesting on Cade’s Bay Beach, Nevis on August 5, 2011. She measured 76.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 79.0 cm in curved carapace width. Jewel measured wider than longer becasue she was missing the very end of her carapace. A satellite tag was applied after she nested

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2008 Turtles

HIBISCUS – Hibiscus is an adult female hawksbill sea turtle that was encountered on July 21, 2008, on Jones Bay, a secluded stretch of beach on the western coast of the island of Nevis. She measured 84.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 79 cm in curved carapace width. A satellite tag was applied after she nested.

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SUNSHINE – Sunshine is an adult female hawksbill sea turtle that was encountered on July 22, 2008, on Lover’s Beach, a secluded stretch of beach on the northern coast of the island of Nevis. She measured 83.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 77.6 cm in curved carapace width. A satellite tag was applied after she false crawled.

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2007 Turtles

CALYPSO – Calypso is an adult female hawksbill sea turtle that was encountered on July 29, 2007 on Lovers Beach, a secluded stretch of beach on the Caribbean coast of the island of Nevis. While she is shorter in shell lenght, Calypso was much wider than Ginger measuring 90.2 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 82.8 cm in curved carapace width. A satellite tag was applied after she false crawled.

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GINGER – Ginger is an adult female hawksbill sea turtle that was encountered on July 28, 2007 on Jones Bay, a secluded stretch of beach on the Caribbean coast of the island of Nevis. She measured 91.4 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 79.4 cm in curved carapace width. A satellite tag was applied after she false crawled.

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2006 Turtles

MANGO – Mango, the larger of the two turtles, is an adult female hawksbill sea turtle that was encountered nesting on August 6, 2006 on Lover’s Beach, a secluded stretch of beach on the Caribbean coast of the island of Nevis. She measured 95.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 88.3 cm in curved carapace width. A satellite tag was applied after she finished laying her nest.

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NEVIS – Nevis is an adult female hawksbill sea turtle that was encountered nesting on August 6, 2006 on Jones Bay on the Caribbean coast of the island of Nevis. She measured 92.4 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 81.0 cm in curved carapace width. A satellite tag was applied after she finished laying her nest.

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