Photo: Help Costa Rica Save Carey Turtles
Pretoma, a Costa Rican nonprofit organization, has been tracking Carey turtles via satellite in Guanacaste since 2010. Since then, more than 15 turtles have been marked and followed with this technology. As a result, researchers have identified the main food source of these turtles to be sea sponges and determined that many turtles live on the rocky reefs for long periods of time.
Pretoma’s, or the Programa Restauración de Tortugas Marinas, which was founded in 1997, main goal is to protect the ocean’s resources as well as to promote sustainable fisheries in Costa Rica and throughout Central America. Information gathered in this Carey turtle surveillance, has helped to protect the species by locating areas that need to be protected from things such as harmful fishing gear.
In 2011, a Sirenuse Carey Turtle was marked with a satellite transmitter in the Biologic Reserve in Cabo Blanco. They tracked this turtle there for 252 days, which revealed that this type of turtle is an inhabitant of Cabo Blanco even though they travel much further out to sea. In 2012, Pretoma hopes to track two more Carey turtles via satellite in order to monitor movements and help with the protection of this species.
If you are interested in donating $2,000 to Pretoma, you will have the opportunity to ‘adopt’ one of these amazing sea turtles. Through this ‘adoption,’ you will be able to name your turtle as well as watch the live satellite tracking. You will also receive a framed photograph of your new turtle, a certificate, and also a turtle necklace. The donation of $2,000 will be used to purchase the satellite mark which is placed in the turtle.