For those who have not followed the launching of photo-identification of sea turtles by our organisation a few months ago, it is a method that uses scales from each side of a turtle’s head for identification, similarly to using fingerprints for humans. Therefore, a photograph of a sea turtle’s head, even from a distance, can allow us to identify this turtle and follow her in her movements. Send us your photographs from any islands from French Polynesia, and make sure to indicate the exact place (diving site, location clues…) and the date, to contribute to the estimation of the population size : firstname.lastname@example.org, http://observatoirepolynesie.org/ ou via message Facebook.
Thanks to the many photographs collected, we already have been able to identify more than 30 sea turtles in French Polynesia. Here are some examples !
We thank all persons and clubs that have already contributed to this program, and particularly Frédéric Pons (Scubeyes Underwater Photography), Christophe Kraether and the diving clubs Moorea Blue Diving and TOPdive French Polynesia Moorea.
While taking sea turtles photographes, be careful : turtles are wild and protected species, you must take caution in observing them without scaring or disturbing them.