Geronimo is a voyage of self-discovery. Student crew members discover the joys and challenges of life aboard a 69-foot cutter as they sail along one leg of a tour that in 2017-18 will take the boat along the eastern coast of the U.S., from Rhode Island to the Bahamas and back. As they live, learn and explore together, classmates discover what it truly means to be a crew.
Sea Turtle Research
The crew of Geronimo has spent the last two days anchored off of Pigeon Creek at Cat Island. We came here especially to resume our sea turtle tagging and research program which Geronimo has been involved with for over 20 years. Working with University of Florida’s Archie Carr Sea Turtle Research Center and the Bahamas National Trust, Geronimo collects data used to better understand sea turtle population, growth rates and their general well-being in the Bahamas. This part of the Geronimo voyage is a highlight for many students as they get to interact directly with these impressive animals.
Today all our energies were focused on catching and documenting Green Sea Turtles. Every student caught at least one turtle and participated in the measurement and tagging of the animals. Jackson and Rachel were naturals at it and each caught three. It was, however, truly a team effort and without everyone’s contributions spotting, swimming, and jumping in the water we would not have been so successful. Three of the turtles we caught today had previously been tagged so we will be able to look back at the data that was collected on the animals earlier and understand more about their growth rate and if they’ve been spotted elsewhere.
This evening aboard Geronimo, Mary cooked a hearty and spicy jambalaya for dinner to refuel us from the big day. Tomorrow we will get underway very early for the Exuma Islands and the Exuma Land & Sea Conservation Park. In preparation for the snorkeling we plan to do there, Natalie and Rachel gave a presentation on Coral Reefs after dinner. Thus far we have had a great introduction to the Bahamas, especially its natural side, which will continue as we make our way west.
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