HPA Sea Turtle Research Program Moso Island, Vanuatu

January 6 to January 12, 2023

As can be seen on our blog… we had a successful educational/research trip to Vanuatu recently. While weather was an issue, we were able to tag one nesting hawksbill turtle, Makala (named after the area where she was found), who has left Moso and is heading towards her foraging grounds. Her current path suggests she may be headed to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Here are a few student posts from the blog that you might enjoy!

Videos of Diving in Vanuatu and the STRP #4 Trip.

Preliminary Report on Tagging Project (Jan. 6-Jan. 12, 2023)

Makala's trip on the southern GBR and her "home" range

The video above shows Makala’s track along the great barrier reef to what seems to be her  true home range area.

Makala’s track as of 4/13/23 She is meandering along the outer area of the southern GBR.

Makala's track as of 2/6/23. She has traveled 818 km in 25 days (1.4 km/h)