This leatherback turtle was found at a beach in Marigot. Apparently it was in the process of laying eggs. The photos were taken yesterday.
According to seaturtles.org, “The largest of all sea turtles, and one of the largest reptiles on earth, the leatherback turtle ranges in size from 4-8 feet in length (1.2 – 2.4 meters) and weighs between 500-2,000 pounds (225 – 900 kg). The average adult measures in between 5-6 feet (1.5 – 1.8 m) and weighs 600-800 pounds (270 – 360 kg).”
“The oldest of all sea turtle species, it has been around for more than 150 million years! They have survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs and have thrived until the last several decades when human interactions have taken a major toll.” cont./ Courtesy of:Dominica News Online
There continues to be efforts made on an international level to encourage the filming of documentaries and other television productions at various locations on the island.
Dominica benefitted immensely several years ago when several locations were used for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean.
During an unofficial trip to U.S. last week, Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit held talks with a major film producer based in New York.
We believe we have the experience already and therefore I had the opportunity to speak to one of the biggest producers who is based in New York to explore the possibility of having Dominica as one of his locations for future films. He has agreed to send one of his representatives to Dominica to visit the place to do some exploratory site visits and to determine whether Dominica would suit the kind of locations which he normally uses.” cont./
The drilling of exploratory geothermal wells in the Roseau Valley is expected to commence at the end of July this year.
The contract for the over 4.5 million Euros project was signed on Wednesday, 6th April, 2011 during a ceremony at the Public Service Training Centre in Roseau.
The contract was awarded to the Iceland Drilling Company and is being funded by the Agence Francaise de Development, the European Union and the Government of Dominica.
Project Coordinator, Jason Timothy, explained that the long term objective is to confirm the nature and extent of the potential geothermal resource at various sites within the Wotten Waven area to determine the capacity of wells for sustainable commercial exploitation in generating electric power. cont./
Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has told the international community that Dominica is prepared to provide water to countries around the world in need of such a valuable resource.
Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, in an interview with South-South News’ Allan Capper in New York last week, said Dominica has an abundance of water and has the capacity to export millions of water on a daily basis.
“We have the capacity to export millions of gallons of water on a daily basis. We are self-sufficient in water. There are no desalination plants in Dominica. It is purely surface water. We have millions and millions of gallons of underground water that we have not touched at all. It is there and we have the capacity to export. There are, in fact, facilities at every one of our ports in Dominica to be able to supply the ships. We supply the cruise ships with fresh water that come into the region at present and as well as the cargo vessels which pass through our parts. But in terms of selling our water to the US or the Middle East or to China, we have the capacity to do that. I believe the international community, as we have started to give attention to it, more or less looking at where are the sources of water, where are the challenges, we can see how we can work together.” cont./
Scuba divers already know this remote Caribbean island thanks to its brilliant coral reefs, magnificent sea life, and bubbling underwater hot springs. But the island recently earned a new title, of "Whale Watching Capital of the Caribbean," which launched this eco-friendly destination to a whole new level. Set between Martinique and Guadeloupe, and often visited by 40-ton whales, who like to socialize, mate, and play off its shores, a boat excursion from Dominica promises a 90-percent chance of spotting one up close. The waters are particularly partial to sperm, killer (both "false killers" and orcas), and pigmy whales, which are most often seen on whale-watching adventures between late November and March. That said, many also like to hang around all year long. cont./
Implementation activities on the Waitukubuli National Trail (WNTP) are now in high gear. Edison Henry, Project Manager, stated this at a press conference to discuss updates on the Waitukubuli National Trail, Monday, April 04, 2011.
Infrastructural activities include trail works, the building and erection of signs, tables, benches, shelters, segment markers and pedestrian bridges and crossings.
Funded by the European Union and the Government of Dominica, the Waitukubuli National Trail is said to be on track for its commissioning in December of 2011.
Henry says the Waitukubuli National Trail is an entity that brings the island to life.
“This trail will in fact open new avenues, new opportunities and basically give Dominicans one more thing to be happy and proud about this nation. We want to bring to your attention the completion of the trail by two (2) persons from Whales who did it in sixteen (16) days and then two of our very own, Jerry and Clement who completed the trail in six (6) days. This means the trail does exist. It is there for the enjoyment of all and I would say even now as it is being constructed. I want to continually encourage each persons to walk the trail Let us benefit from the feedback; let us benefit from how we can improve so it continues to be a beacon of economic hope for our island.” cont./
The Commonwealth of Dominica is known regionally as the whale watching capital of the Caribbean and around 200 sperm whales are found off the coast, though they are hard to track down.
Boats use sonar and spout sightings to locate them, but it is quite rare to find them in a relaxed and playful mood, while divers only use snorkels as the air bubbles from scuba tanks disturbs them.
Mr Madisetti, 47, said: 'Taking images of any marine mammal whether for research or pleasure is usually a mixture of hours of relative boredom coupled with moments of sheer adrenaline fuelled action. cont./
Dominica should not be confused with the Dominican Republic. Dominica is located between French-controlled Martinique and Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean.
The official name of the island is 'Commonwealth of Dominica' Dominica's pre-Columbian name was Wai'tu kubuli, which means 'tall is her body'... Dominica is referred as the 'Nature Island', where two-thirds of the island are home to the tropical rain forests and thousands of plant species.
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