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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
This morning marked the official start of the race with one turtle being released at Clearwater Beach in St David’s.
Turtles to be released and tracked
Friday, August 10, 2012
At least five green sea turtles with attached satellite transmitters are being released from Clearwater Beach next week.
Tour de Turtles Bermuda: ‘Race On The Rock’
Thursday, August 09, 2012
“Tour de Turtles Bermuda: Race On The Rock” will kick off next week and will see green turtles fitted with GPS satellite transmitters to enable researchers to track their every movement as they “race” across the seas.
Volunteers clean up BAMZ
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Some 70 students and volunteers from eleven companies participated in The Centre on Philanthropy’s Community Day.
Saving our 'floating golden rainforest' at a local level
Friday, July 13, 2012
FRIDAY, JUNE 13: The Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea formed last June with the intention of supporting a government led plan to protect the Sargasso Sea and the multitude of species that live within it. The Bermuda Sun sat down with four of the BASS member charities to discuss their mission so far.
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By Jessie Moniz
Published April 4, 2013 at 8:37 am
North Carolina University verterinary students visiting Nonsuch Island
North Carolina University verterinary students dissecting a turtle
North Carolina University verterinary students talk about Longtail rehabilitation
with Lynn Thorne, staff member at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
Bermuda has won high praise from a veterinary science professor who found the Island a perfect laboratory for studying semi-tropical ecology.
Greg Lewbart recently brought a group of 15 veterinary students from North Carolina State University to do a range of studies at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.
“I first started thinking about a field trip to Bermuda after I brought my mother in 2008. I had been promising to take her for 27 years,” said Dr Lewbart, who’d studied at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, now the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences, in the 1980s.
He arranged with long-time friend Ian Walker, the curator at BAMZ and a fellow aquatic animal veterinarian, to host a programme for the students at the facility.
One of the highlights for the students was dissecting green turtles and examining their stomach contents.
“We saw some things we normally don’t see in North Carolina,” said Dr Lewbart. “We do see sea turtles in North Carolina but not always this species or age. We saw some interesting parasitic lesions that we normally don’t see. Typically, most of the turtles we see are older and loggerheads, a different species. We didn’t see any trash in their stomachs but we saw a lot of food. Most of the sea turtles we do see have been cold-stunned and haven’t been eating for a while, so their gastrointestinal tract is usually empty.”
The group met with government conservation officer Jeremy Madeiros and visited Nonsuch Island. One of the thrills on that trip was seeing a Bermuda skink, as many of the students were interested in reptiles. They also saw two cahow chicks.
“This was a highlight for everyone, especially for myself and my wife as we are interested in birds,” said Dr Lewbart. “It was hard to even articulate how wonderful it was. We saw much of the Island and learned a lot about the history.”
They also heard a lecture about whales from Andrew Stevenson and then went whale watching to see the marine mammals up close. Students screamed with excitement when a whale breached in front of them.
“I hope we will come again some time,” said Dr Lewbart. “The trip really exceeded our expectations.”