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For the first time in the history
of local turtle conservation, 20 juve-
nile sea turtles were released back
into the sea after spending several
months onshore at Grande Riviere.
This historic release was the first
of many planned for the Headstart
Programme, a new turtle conserva-
tion initiative being managed by the
Turtle Village Trust and the Grande
Riviere Nature Tour Guide Associa-
tion (GRNTGA), in partnership with
LNG production company Atlantic.
The turtles were from the green
and hawksbill species. During the
turtle season, the nests of these
species are damaged by the nesting
activity of the much larger and pre-
dominant leatherback turtles. This
is one of the factors that has caused
green and hawksbill turtles to be crit-
ically endangered, a release said.
Derek Daniel, manager--branding
and communications, Atlantic,
explained that the green and hawks-
bill turtles had been given a whole
new lease on life, thanks to the Head-
"Under the programme, we ve had
the opportunity to see these turtles
grow from the hatchling state to juve-
nile state," Daniel said. "Today is real-
ly groundbreaking to see them head
The success rate for these turtles
in particular is next to zero. These
turtles would probably not have sur-
vived, except for the efforts that we
put in today."
Before being placed in the Head
start Programme, the turtle eggs are
first relocated from their nests and
placed in a turtle hatchery, which
gives them a safe incubated environ-
After an average of 50 to 70 days
in incubation, the hatchlings are then
moved into the Headstart Pro-
gramme, where they are kept in con-
fined tanks with seawater circulating.
There they are fed and monitored for
up to one year, until they grow bigger
and become young juveniles.
Len Peters, chairman, Grande Riv-
iere Nature Tour Guide Association
(GRNTGA) explained that the pro-
gramme is designed to relocate the
turtles back into their natural envi-
ronment at a life stage when they
could be better able to survive the
natural predators that would have
eaten them when they were much
"Today was basically moving the
juveniles from the holding bay and
into the sea, and positioning them
in a place where we think they will
be able to survive into the future,"
Kathryn Audroing, research man-
ager, Turtle Village Trust, said that
the Head Start Programme was one
method of many being explored in
T&T and elsewhere where turtle
species are in danger of extinction.
"Anything that we do, any method
that we use that can save the lives
of turtles and encourage population
growth is always going to be a success
story," Audroing said.
Atlantic is the sole sponsor of the
National Sea Turtle Tagging and
Monitoring Programme, an initiative
of the Turtle Village Trust which
gathers information about the pop-
ulation of nesting leatherbacks,
hawksbill and green turtles in T&T,
and about the resident population of
hawksbill and green turtles foraging
on the reefs and seagrass beds around
The data gathered by the Turtle
Village Trust and its partner turtle
communities contribute to the overall
management of sea turtles locally,
regionally and globally.
Justin Bieber spent a tough few
years in the spotlight and admits
even he wasn t happy with himself
during that time.
"I was rebelling a little bit. I was
getting cockier and cockier. I didn t
have people to check me," Bieber tells
Seventeen of his past mistakes in the
magazine s June/July issue. "I looked
back and I was disappointed in
The singer---who has been apolo-
gising over the past few months for
his bad decisions---admits, "You have
to own up to the mistakes."
"You have to say, I m sorry if I ve
let you down, " Bieber, 21, explains.
"I always want to be honest and
let people know that those mistakes
aren t who I am. Who I am is some-
one who really cares about people."
And the star---who has been a glob-
al phenom ever since he shot to fame
at 13---says he was consumed with
approval from social media for a bit.
"For a while, I was busy looking at
my Instagram likes, and if a post
didn t get a certain number, I was
like, Aw, they didn t like the photo, "
said Bieber, who has 27 million Insta-
gram followers, admitted.
He adds: "But there s always a
choice: You can let Instagram or stuff
on the Internet affect your day, or
you can choose to not be bothered
Now, Bieber is focusing on sur-
rounding himself with people who
won t pass judgment on him.
"I need healthy relationships with
people I can feel safe with," he shares.
"People I can say whatever to, and
I m not going to be judged."
As far as a girlfriend, Bieber---who
was in an on-and-off relationship
with Selena Gomez---seems to know
exactly what he s looking for.
"In a girl, I want someone who s
confident in herself and honest," he
says. "I have to find her very attractive
and as someone I can see myself with
for the rest of my life." (time.com)
Justin Bieber: I'm
disappointed in myself
New lease on life for Grande Riviere sea turtles
On a pirogue some kilometres offshore at Grande Riviere, the team from the Grande Riviere Nature Tour
Guide Association and Turtle Village Trust, release juvenile sea turtles into their natural habitat.
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