Over the past 2 months, the marine staff here in Kenya, particularly Katie, have been working through underwater photos of sea turtles to identify differences in individual turtles so they can be recognised. Photo identification of sea turtles is possible using distinguishing features on their shells. A more robust method uses facial scute patterns, but initially we have started to identify key individuals through markings on the back of their shell.
|A regularly seen turtle - Squirt has 3 distinctive white spots on his shell|
Excitingly for our arriving marine volunteers, if you spot a new turtle, you get to name it!
|Splodge is new to our catalogue!|