Tagging turtles is a common practice in many sea turtle conservation projects worldwide. When you find a turtle that has never been observed nesting before you tag her flippers with small metal tags so you can identify her if you see her again. This simple practice allows to gather a wide variety of information on the turtle and its population. For example:
- Do turtles nest every year?
- Do turtles nest more than once in a season?
- Do turtles always nest on the same beach?
- How big is the local turtle population?
- How far do turtles migrate?
This season I already tagged 4 new turtles. It is great to think that despite tagging turtles since 2008, SOS Tartarugas are still discovering new nesters every year!