The second quarter of 2022 saw the continuation of Curieuse turtle and shark conservation projects.
We finished the peak of turtle and shark seasons, with daily checks of the turtle nesting beaches for new nests and the excavation of nests as well as assessing the nesting success, and continued monitoring of the Lemon shark juveniles.
The second quarter showed healthy populations of both species. A total of 62 nests were excavated whilst 8 female Hawksbill turtles were tagged and a further 70 turtle activities recorded.
For the juvenile lemon sharks in the marine national park, the numbers slowed down which is to be expected. A total of 29 were caught and tagged. In toal 3 Scalloped Hammerheads were caught in the second quarter which is record high. We’re still in the process of analysing this rare occurrence and finding out why it’s happened.
We're planning to retrieve the 12 acoustic receivers from the seabed surrounding Curieuse Island in the coming months so that we can further analyse the juvenile sicklefin Lemon sharks behavioural patterns so assess if the marine park boundaries are sufficient.
For the second quarter of 2022 we continued the great progress in research and conservation of sharks and turtles in Curieuse Marine National Park. We are so fortunate to have incredible people supporting our work, and without that we wouldn’t be able to continue to successfully conserve these endangered species. We want to thank you so much on behalf of the park for helping, and hope that you continue to support our work into the future too.
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