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Which marine animals are spotted around Bonaire?

In the waters surrounding Bonaire a large variety of marine animals, from turtles to rays, sharks and various fish types, are observed on a regular basis. To see how the marine ecosystems surrounding Bonaire perform, marine animals are monitored every year.noot1

Marine animals on Bonaire
Marine animal Barracuda Eagle ray Stingray Rainbow parrotfish Midnight parrotfish Tarpon Shark Cubera snapper Blue parrotfish Green turtle Hawksbill turtle Loggerhead turtle
2018 417 34 0 0 0 45 2 0 0 288 28 3
2019 696 39 0 262 29 53 13 0 0 328 31 0
2020 334 27 41 137 11 56 9 0 0 279 21 4
2021 164 7 17 22 6 6 3 25 0 46 4 0
2022 853 41 64 140 10 59 6 78 36 326 22 2

The monitoring of marine animals is performed on three locations: Northwest Bonaire, Klein Bonaire and Southwest Bonaire. The barracuda is the most often spotted marine animal, followed by the green turtle. The marine animal composition in Bonaire’s waters fluctuates a little over the years. Nonetheless, the barracuda and the green turtle are the two most observed species. The three different turtle species found in the waters of Bonaire lay their eggs on the beaches. The loggerhead turtle is only spotted in Bonaire’s waters during the nesting season.

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Data provided by Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire.


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