Sheila is taking a curved carapace
length (CCL) measurement of a
juvenile Green Sea turtle while netting in St. Joe Bay.
experience made for the best summer of my life thus far. I have had a
relentless and increasing interest in sea turtles that had only been
satisfied through my appetite of books about them. I spent my summer
fulfilling a long time dream of researching sea turtles as Archie Carr
did for his life's career as is documented in his many books describing
his travels and work. This internship provided me with exactly the
hands-on experience I was hoping for. The first nesting turtle I saw
was truly a memory I will have forever.
The experience of
participating in sea turtle research has taught me not only the value
of learning the biology, but also the value of conservation of these
amazing creatures. I experienced the excitement of interacting with
these living dinosaurs as I had only read about in Carr's books and
others previous to my summer on Cape Blas. We monitored the small
and dwindling population of Loggerheads that nested on the Eglin
property on Cape San Blas; which I should mention is the fastest
eroding beach in the state of Florida.
I will continue with
my quest to pursue sea turtle research and hopefully make even a small
difference in their existence."