Green turtle named after actress Carice van Houten

This video is called Green Turtle Swimming in Bonaire.

Carice van Houten

From the WWF, translated from Dutch:

Follow the journey of sea turtle Carice

September 29, 2010 10:42

A big surprise for Carice van Houten! Last week on Bonaire, a critically endangered green sea turtle after having laid a nest of eggs, was provided with a transmitter and named after the Dutch actress. As an ambassador of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Carice van Houten last week came to visit the island to call attention to the special nature in this area. The journey by the turtle Carice can be accessed via

The reason for the visit of the Dutch actress is the fact that Bonaire on October 10 will become a special municipality of the Netherlands. For this occasion the WWF has recorded a documentary which will be shown on October 11 at 20.30 Central European Time at National Geographic Channel: Carice van Houten in the Dutch Caribbean. The documentary shows how Carice van Houten herself witnessed the hatching of a turtle nest.

The green sea turtle Carice landed on Sept. 20 to Playa Chikitu in Washington Slagbaai National Park. Employees of the Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) and the WWF then put a transmitter on the carapace of the animal. The turtle, which is over one hundred centimeter long and which is 100kg heavy, is not affected by the transmitter when swimming. With the transmitter on her back, people will be able to follow the tour of the Caribbean Sea by Carice online now.

Conservationists expect that the female turtle in about a week time will come ashore to lay eggs again. People who want to watch Carice should register at the site of the STCB for the news update (bottom of homepage).

Bonaire, almost twice as large as Texel, for almost 90 percent is nature. The coral reefs around the island are among the most breathtaking in the Caribbean. The reefs not only provide food and protection to much marine life, but are also a paradise for divers. Coral fish, flamingos, queen conch snails, four species of sea turtles and even dolphins, are just some of the species to be admired there. Carice van Houten allows the spectator to meet these wonderful plant and animal species that are present on the seabed between the reefs and mangrove forests.

Diving tourists

Precisely because of all this extraordinary natural beauty, tourism is one of the most important resources for Bonaire. But without any nature, there can be no tourism. Carice van Houten shows how Bonaire is doing everything to become the first sustainable island economy in the world. The initial steps have already been made in 1979. Then, in collaboration with WWF, Bonaire National Marine Park was established to protect the coastal marine area of Bonaire. Diving tourists pay a fee to be allowed to visit the park. Revenues are used for the management and maintenance of nature. Today the diving tourism provides about one thousand permanent jobs and the park can pay its own way.

Actress Carice van Houten, known among other films from Black Book, Valkyrie, and Stricken, has worked since 2009 as ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Bonaire’s Resilient Reefs Offer Hope for Dying Corals: here.

October 2010: All three species of sea turtles that nest regularly on Florida’s beaches had annual nest counts well above average for the previous ten years, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC): here.

Birds of St. Eustatius: here.

Thousands of marine turtles slaughtered in Madagascar for food – here.

Mexican authorities recorded a total of 42.2 million olive ridley, leatherback and Kemp’s ridley sea turtle births during the 2010-2011 nesting season, the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat said: here.

Researchers: Weather, ‘Climate Change’ To Impact Leatherback Turtle Survival; ‘Clear Link’: here.

12 thoughts on “Green turtle named after actress Carice van Houten

  1. Administrator on November 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm said:

    Turtles flock to nest on the Great Barrier Reef

    30th November 2010 Print Email Share

    The annual turtle nesting season has begun in earnest on Australia’s Queensland’s Heron and Wilson Islands, with an abundance of green turtles coming ashore to nest on these two Great Barrier Reef coral cays.

    From November through to March every year, a breeding population of turtles comes ashore on Heron ( and Wilson Islands ( to nest, approximately three to seven times during a season. The turtles lay their eggs at the same location where they were born, laying on average 120 eggs in one clutch.

    This season is predicted to be a bumper year, with large numbers of turtles already spotted at the resorts coming out of the ocean and laboriously pulling themselves up the beach to lay their eggs, all under cover of darkness at night and in the early hours of the morning.

    By Easter, both Heron and Wilson Islands offer the captivating opportunity to see one of life’s natural wonders close up as thousands of baby turtles emerge from their nests to make the annual scurry to the safety of the sea.

    As put by Sir David Attenborough in his recent BBC series and the subsequent book ‘First Life’: “It’s a wonderful place for people to come and see wildlife, and It’s also really significant in terms of ecology and research”. With careful guidelines for viewing, families can not only immerse themselves in all the action on a casual walk around the islands’ beaches but also find out more about the islands and their ecology from the resort’s specialist guides and scientists from Heron Island’s Research Station.

    Turtles migrate to Heron and Wilson Islands from as far afield as the Solomon Islands, Cape York and Harvey Bay, returning after an absence of 35 to 40 years since their birth here. Green turtles are the most common turtles that come to both islands, and are characterized by a high domed shell and a smaller jaw than loggerhead turtles. Loggerhead turtles have large jaws used for crushing the shells of crustacean and mollusks and their shell is less domed in shape. Loggerheads only make up around 1%-2% of the breeding population on Heron and Wilson Islands.

    The 18-hectare Heron Island lies 72km off the coast of Gladstone, while the two-hectare Wilson Island is more remote, sitting 14km off Heron Island.

    True coral cays that sit right on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Heron and Wilson Islands boast some of the most amazing snorkelling and diving (Heron only) year round, just minutes from the beach.

    Heron Island is also home to one of Australia’s most important reef Research Stations. Administered by the University of Queensland, it provides accommodation, boats, diving gear, laboratories and a seawater aquarium system for researchers and student groups. Guests at Heron Island Resort are actively encouraged to learn more about the Research Station and its work to get a better understanding of the delicate underwater world that surrounds them.

    About Heron and Wilson Islands: /


  2. Sariaya coast haven for rare sea turtles

    By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
    Inquirer Southern Luzon

    10:08 pm | Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

    LUCENA CITY—The shores of Tayabas Bay in Sariaya town in Quezon have been called “haven of baby sea turtles” after Tuesday’s release of 92 Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate) in Barangay Guisguis.

    Only last week, 123 Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings were released in nearby Barangay San Roque, Ernesto Amores Jr., municipal agriculture officer, said by phone yesterday.

    Similar events took place in other coastal villages last year but most went undocumented by the municipal agriculture office, he said.

    “The fishermen and coastal villagers were fully aware of the law prohibiting possession and killing of endangered marine species,” Amores said.

    Appendix I of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species deems it illegal to import or export turtle products, or to kill, capture or harass the sea turtle listed as “critically endangered.”

    Republic Act No. 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 and RA 9147 or the Wildlife Act punish people who fish and take rare and threatened species, and destroy their habitats.

    Coastal villagers and owners of several beach resorts are “in solidarity” with the local government in promoting Sariaya as a sea turtle haven. Together with representatives of Tanggol Kalikasan-Southern Tagalog and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), they witnessed how the gentle creatures, locally known as pawikan, crawled toward the bay waters before sunset on Tuesday.

    Amores cited the effort of a resort owner, Rene Panganiban, who received technical help from the local government when he initiated a campaign to protect sea turtles waiting for their eggs to hatch along the coast for a period of 58 days.

    Amores urged business establishments along the bay to actively participate in such campaigns as these promote the local government’s tourism thrusts.

    The Sariaya coastline, host to many beach resorts and other tourist-oriented businesses, serves as sanctuary to turtles that usually come to lay and hatch their eggs from October to December.

    Along with the DENR in Quezon, the municipality plans to establish a turtle hatching site in San Roque.


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