What does the Gili Shark Conservation Project do to help the turtles?
We monitor the turtles we find here, using some free software anyone can keep track of animal populations around them if they have ‘fingerprint’ like patterns on their body, something that is unique to that individual, like a cheetahs spots or a turtles face. On our dives someone on the shark team always has a camera, usually a GoPro, and we take pictures of every turtle we see, note down its length, location and gender.
This, combined with the picture can give us an insight to the movement patterns of the turtles around our islands in order to better understand the way they use the area and hopefully increase the protection they receive in the surrounding areas.
We also promote Turtle safe snorkelling’ via educational materials freely available to snorkelers that want to see turtles. This is primarily done by 3 simple an easy rules.