Sea Turtle Ecology and Population Studies
All 7 species of sea turtle on the planet today are on the endangered species list, with populations of some reduced by 98%. Divers form a network that is integral in the identification and monitoring of sea turtle populations around the globe. Furthermore, in this course you will learn skills and techniques to feed and care for sea turtles in a nursery, rehabilitation program, or head-starting program.
- Be certified as an advanced diver under a leading diving organization (PADI, SSI, RAID, etc.)
- Demonstrate proper diving ability at an Advanced Level and be proficient in buoyancy and self-awareness.
- Learn about the ecology, evolutionary history, threats, and identification of sea turtles
- Understand the basics behind sea turtle head-starting programs as well as the science and debate about such initiatives
- Learn how to survey for sea turtles and the various methods available to estimate abundance and diversity
- Practice surveying for sea turtles while diving at night and record data of the sea turtles observed
- Know how to enter data into the Conservation Diver database and also partners
- Attend 1 lecture on Sea Turtle Ecology and Population Studies
- Perform a night dive to observe sea turtles
- Record data on sea turtle observations
- Enter data into Conservation Diver and partner databases
Expected Course Time: about 4 hours, over 1 day
Minimum of 1 dive
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