The Caraplace Caretakers
A group of very dedicated and diligent volunteers give up a few hours of their time every week to look after the turtle hatchlings in the Caraplace. They receive one-week of training and induction in food preparation, water quality monitoring, operation of a re-circulatory sea water system, feeding, handling, and grooming turtle hatchlings. There is a lot of cleaning to maintain high-hygiene standards and conduct regular tests as part of the quality assurance plan for the Caraplace. Because of the intense training involved, we request that volunteers sign up for at least four months, at the end of which they are issued with a Blue Apprentice Certificate in sea turtle hatchling husbandry
The Monday Team
Chelsea is an international student from Florida in the Unites States and is completing her Masters in Marine Biology and Ecology this semester. Chelsea has worked with sea turtles around the globe: Leatherbacks and Kemp’s Ridleys in Costa Rica, Loggerheads in Florida, now Greens in the Caraplace. She became involved in the Caraplace as a volunteer at the start of the year and now has become a team leader. She is looking forward guiding other volunteers through the same enriching experience at the Caraplace.
Team Leader—Sarah Cross
The Tuesday Team
Team Leader – Claire Moad
The Wednesday Team
The Thursday Team
Kezia is Townsville born and bred with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science. She is currently deferring postgraduate study whilst she works full time as a microbiologist. Kezia became involved in the Caraplace as a volunteer in 2017 and worked extensively through the holiday periods to keep the hatchlings healthy. She is continuing in her role as team leader as she loves coming in to see the turtles every week and make sure they are well looked after.
The Friday Team
Bella is originally from Sydney and is currently in her last semester of a Masters in Marine Biology and Ecology. She has an absolute passion for sea turtles and has volunteered with loggerheads in Greece in the summer months in 2016 and 2017. She has been a volunteer at the Caraplace since the beginning of this year and now has the privilege to lead the team and share her passion for sea turtles with other volunteers.