TURTLE ID

Photo-identification allows us to identify each organism individually, through photography and characterization of body parts. In the case of turtles, photographs are taken of both sides of the head and carapace. The cephalic scales (head) have a unique disposition and shape in each organism. The carapace provides us with more information to help differentiate them, such as wounds and marks.

By identifying each individual, we can get to know their movement patterns, if they tend to return to the same area or if individuals are spotted in different locations, and thus help implement more effective conservation measures. By knowing where they go, we will know where to protect these globally endangered species.

PACIFIC OCEAN

Costa Rica

ATLANTIC OCEAN

Spain - Canary Islands

HOW DOES IT WORK ?

We take photographs of the observed turtles.

The scales on each side of the face are unique to each turtle. This is their fingerprint.

The scales of the carapace are also used for identification.