Monthly Archives: November 2009

More on turtle work

Hawksbill turtles go into some sort of trance when laying their eggs and mademoiselle here shows us how that looks like. While she is in this low state of awareness, her eggs are quickly counted and weighed.This is done by two people as it has to be done very quickly before she completes laying and […]

Photo ID anyone?

No two individuals, even identical twins, have identical sets of fingerprints. For this reason fingerprints offer a reliable means of identification. They have played a huge role in the area of forensics providing accurate identification of criminals. As it turns out, marks and patterns on certain marine animals are akin to human fingerprints and are […]

Turtle nesting foray begins

It is that time of the year again and hawksbill turtles are making their annual pilgrimage to our shores to nest. The hawksbill breeds throughout Seychelles, peaking between mid-October and mid-January.  On Cousin Island, Conservation Officer Eric Blais reported an early appearance on August 8. Appearances are starting to pick up now and more turtles […]

The secret lives of shearwaters

This post was contributed by Michelle Kappes and Kevin Coustaut, Laboratoire d’Ecologie Marine at the Université de la Réunion. Shearwaters, like most seabirds, spend most of their lives at sea.  In order to learn about where shearwaters go when they are away from their breeding colonies, Dr. Matthieu Le Corre from the Université de la […]