Turtles: An Ecosystem Adrift & The ‘Lost Years’

July 24, 2016

Presented by Robert Hardy, Bermuda Turtle Project Collaborator and Assistant Researcher with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, the Bermuda Zoological Society’s Lecture Series will feature a talk on “Turtles: An Ecosystem Adrift & The Lost Years” on Thursday, August 11.

The event will be held at 7.00pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm, and is open to the public with limited space; attendees are asked to register online to attend. The lecture is free, with a donation of $5 “gratefully accepted.”

The event poster says, “Within the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, the brown algae Sargassum is the main component at surface pelagic drift communities. Some marine species are only found within drifting Sargassum. Others, like seabirds and sea turtles, depend on these communities for food and shelter. Several species of sea turtles complete an early stage of development within Sargassum habitats.

“This developmental period was called the “Lost Year” by Dr. Archie Carr in reference to the mystery surrounding the habitats and habits of young sea turtles. New research and technologies has unraveled some of this mystery. We’ll discuss what we know, how we study these young sea turtles and what we hope to learn in the future.”

For further information, contact Lisa Greene at elgreenebda@icloud.com or call 293-2727 [extension 2123].

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