The Dutch Caribbean Nature
Alliance, the umbrella organization for the land and
marine parks of Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles islands of
Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten, has been
tracking the adventures of a three-foot long green turtle by
satellite since last September.
christened Miss Shellie by local schoolchildren,
had a radio transmitter attached to her shell as she laid her eggs
on a beach on St. Eustatius. However, Miss Shellie, whose daily
comings and goings could be viewed at www.dcnanature.org,
has baffled marine experts.
travel hundreds of miles between nesting sites and feeding grounds.
But by the time her transmitter failed in November, Miss Shellie
had swum 580 miles without straying more than three miles from the
spot where she was electronically tagged.
Her refusal to
leave home has sparked speculation about whether all turtles really
are the ocean wanderers that scientists have thought them to
If we discover
that many of our turtles actually do not travel that far from our
waters, it means we have a better chance of safeguarding existing
populations, said Kalli de Meyer, executive director of the
For now, Miss
Shellies whereabouts are not known, but sea turtle experts expect
to attach more transmitters to more turtles to see if they repeat
Miss Shellies patterns.
rises in Aruba
broke ground on a 140-suite expansion at the 101-unit Divi
Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort on Palm Beach in Aruba. The
project is set for completion in December.
Inn Villa Olga on St. Thomas completed a $100,000
renovation project that included new furniture for the 12 guest
rooms, digital cable TV and upgrades to the pool area.
Guests staying at
Villa Olga may use the facilities at sister property Bolongo Bay
Beach Resort. To book, call (800) 524-4746.
SuperClubs launched its Wedding
Bliss Collection of four themed weddings at its two Grand
Lido resorts and spas in Jamaica, and introduced an updated Web
site at www.superclubs.com that features virtual tours,
interactive maps and a listing of its Super Agents by
chains Hedonism II, also on Jamaica, has 12 new
suites, new oversize showers and a new gaming room with slot
Spa Tropique has opened at the Sands at
Grace Bay on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The
116-suite resort on Grace Bay Beach features accommodations that
range from studios to three-bedroom units with full kitchens. For
rates, visit www.thesandstc.com.
Caribbean Tourism Organizations annual
Caribbean Week in New York will
take place from June 11 to 17.
the inaugural Caribbean Gospelfest, a celebrity cricket match,
celebrity chef presentations, town hall meetings, a two-day
Caribbean fair, two Caribbean weddings, the Media Marketplace and
the 33rd annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball at the
visit www.caribbeanweekny.com or www.onecaribbean.org.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].