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Our Lucky Turtle Tagging Adventure

August 10th, 2013 by Seatrek Staff |

We got today started off just right with a nice dive at Diamond Reef, a Marine Protected Area between Tortola and Marina Cay

We saw a ton of fish and a variety of hard and soft coral species. Of the fish species observed, the most notable were a spotted drum and three different species of grouper: Nassau grouper, graysby, and red hind. Grouper are some of the top predators on a reef. Unfortunately, overfishing and competition from the invasive lionfish have greatly diminished their numbers throughout the Caribbean. Seeing several of them on a single dive was quite exciting. As if that weren’t enough, we also spotted a sleeping hawksbill turtle. After the dive we went back on snorkel gear to see if the turtle was still there so we could capture and tag it. As luck would have it, we found it still resting and were able to capture it and collect data for the BVI Conservation and Fisheries Department which certified us to participate in their in-water turtle monitoring project. The students were thrilled to say the least. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for some great photos! After the dive, we went to Monkey Point on Guana Island – a favorite recreation and watersports spot. Throughout the afternoon, students enjoyed snorkeling and tubing and then we did some more turtle tagging. We didn’t capture another one, but it was still fun power-snorkeling behind the dinghy. Before we knew it, it was time for dinner. Then we did another night dive and saw even more interesting creatures. I’ve enjoyed seeing the students’ dive skills improve and how they’ve all become more confident divers. The students’ knowledge base continues to grow, and we are thoroughly enjoying the FATHOMS experience to the fullest!

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