In mid-December 2021, the team from Ifremer's Indian Ocean delegation, with technical support from the company TSMOI (Travaux Sous-Marins Océan Indien), began the first capture and tagging operations on juvenile turtles in Réunion. Deployments continued in January 2022 with a total of 9 turtles equipped with the new IOT tags, i.e. 8 green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and 1 hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Hermitage and Brisants sectors (west of the island).
A final tag is still to be deployed by the end of March.
Several tagged turtles were again observed during the following dives and by recreational divers.
You can contribute to the project by sending your photos of these turtles and their tags to Ifremer (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you come across them during your dives, so that scientists can follow the state of the tags over time.
If you find one of these tags on the bottom or on the beach, pick it up and contact Ifremer.