Name Your Own Turtle
The Gili Islands are one of the most famous diving hubs of Indonesia. There are over 40 dive centers on all 3 islands taking out hundreds of divers a day. We are very lucky that many dive centers are supporting our turtle identification program by donating their pictures of turtles that they captured throughout the Gili Matra Marine Reserve.
Did you make a picture of a turtle on one of your dives around the Gili Islands? Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will upload your picture into our database and if it hasn’t been identified you have the honor of naming the turtle. If you are interested, we will keep you up to date about the resightings and development of your turtle.
Why Is Turtle Conservation Important?
We know the Gilis have a great turtle population so it’s important that we do not take them for granted. By naming the turtles we can begin to study them more closely, keep track of their health and population dynamics and relate that data to the health of the ecosystem.
The identification of individuals within a population and the collection of reliable information on distribution, habitat use, and life history traits are the basic requirement for behavioral and ecological studies of a species. Therefore, this long-term project is designed to provide valuable information to marine biologists around the world to help create better management strategies and educational outlets on the Gili Islands marine mega fauna.