“Spending three weeks at Ocean Spirits was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Working with Leatherbacks is a privilege – not only because they are amazing creatures, but because there is a genuine threat of their extinction – and the programme gives you the best chance to work closely with them & make a difference.”
— Louise Burns, volunteer
Grenada is an island country in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea at the southern end of the Grenadines island chain, northeast of the Venezuelan coast.
Fragrant nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and cocoa flourish in its fertile volcanic soil, earning it the name "the Spice Island". With one of the more progressive stances towards environmentalism, the Grenadine government actively works to protect and promote its natural beauty, wildlife and sea life included.
Sea turtles are known to visit the northern beaches of the islands in order to lay their eggs and can be seen in the waters surrounding these beaches.
Ocean Spirits leads conservation efforts for leatherback sea turtles and critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles, monitoring Grenada’s sea turtle populations, protecting nesting and foraging sites and alleviating local threats and pressures through community based education programs that encourage the adoption of sustainable use of natural resources whilst highlighting environmental awareness.
Project Manager Kate Charles, pictured here with a leatherback turtle, is an Applied Marine Biology graduate who arrived in Grenada in 2010 as a volunteer and is a driving force behind Ocean Spirits.
Based in the rural north of Grenada, Kate can be found on the leatherback sea turtle nesting beach busy collecting nesting data, saturation tagging and through her team’s presence keeping poachers away from the nests. With over 1000 nests a year it is no easy task.
the Ocean Spirits website.