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Three bottles blue

Walking along near Rutaki, I (Tiffany) found a beautiful blob on the beach. This pretty thing is called a bluebottle, and it’s a siphonophore, a type of marine cnidarian much like a jellyfish. There are a few around Rarotonga that … Continue reading

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Blue sea stars & green sea turtles

I am still regularly astonished at the bright colours of sea creatures here on the coral reefs and lagoon areas of Rarotonga. I grew up in a semi-arid steppe climate, where most animals are responsible shades of green, yellow, brown, … Continue reading

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Adventures as an RA for the turtle project

In February and March this year, I joined Phil as research assistant. We flew to Atiu to undertake the first ever turtle survey and habitat assessment there, and spent our days riding a scooter around beautiful rain forest, surveying the … Continue reading

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Cook Islands memories

So I’m home after 3 weeks volunteering with PICI on the Cook Islands Turtle Project, and after being back in the daily grind of work for only a couple of days I was quickly finding myself missing the island lifestyle … Continue reading

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Aitutaki turtle adventures!

Taking a couple weeks out from the usual routine of work, study, sleep to participate in the Cook Island Turtle Project seemed like the logical holiday to have. Why not head to a beautiful island, meet like-minded passionate people, and … Continue reading

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Christmas holidays Aitutaki style

Spending Christmas and New Year as a volunteer on a turtle survey in the Cook Islands was something of a last minute decision. I fancied something different and I couldn’t have chosen better. I don’t know where to begin with … Continue reading

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Working hard for the turtles of Aitutaki

Collecting baseline data on the turtles of Aitutaki involves a lot of hard slog. A typical day starts with a beach walk for a few hours. This might be to assess the suitability of ‘new’ un-surveyed beaches as turtle nesting … Continue reading

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Volunteering with the Cook Islands Turtle Project

Working as a volunteer for the Cook Islands Turtle Project in Aitutaki with Phil has been a huge learning experience for me. Upon coming to Aitutaki I had already dived up close and personal with plenty of sea turtles – … Continue reading

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CITP visits Vaitau Primary

On arrival to Vaitau Primary School Phil, Jane and I received a humble greeting from Ingrid, Mama Vara and a handful of their cheerful students who were playing around before school started session. After setting up the projector and getting … Continue reading

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First nest on Aitutaki!

CITP was really excited to discover the first tracks including a successful nest on Aitutaki on Wednesday 21st of November on the Ootu Peninsular.   During the initial nesting suitability survey, expedition leader Phil Bradshaw and the first volunteer on … Continue reading

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