Experience the rewards of volunteer work with Manatees and Sea Turtles!
|A project offered by:||Oceanic Society|
|Based in:||St George's Caye, Belize|
|Working with:||West Indian Manatees
Green Sea Turtles
Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Hawksbill Sea Turtles
|Activities including:||Boat excursions
Research data collection
|*Please note that pricing may be subject to change (check with operator)|
Carry out volunteer work with Manatees and Sea Turtles along side scientific researchers from ECOMAR to conduct in water research surveys in St George’s Caye, Belize. This stunning marine location provides important habitat for endangered Green, Loggerhead, and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, as well as Antillean Manatees.
In-water surveys for sea turtles will be carried out by boat along shallow fore and patch reefs. With help from skilled local fishermen, turtles will also be captured, measured, sampled and tagged so that we can track their movements and understand population dynamics.
You’ll also be involved in recording observations of manatees found along the reefs and seagrass beds of St. George’s Caye and in the many channels that make up the Drowned Cayes. Belize is home to the largest population of endangered Antillean manatees in the world. The Antillean Manatee, Trichechus manatus manatus, is an endangered subspecies of the West Indian Manatee. Less than 2,500 mature individuals of this subspecies are thought to remain.
Go to the Oceanic Society’s website to find out more about this project.