Finding a Partner

Williams-Guillén needed to test her new tool. She found a partner. Scientist Helen Pheasey was willing to hide fake eggs in turtle nests.

A Paso Pacifico turtle ranger collects turtle eggs for safekeeping nearby.

The fake eggs worked! They fooled the poachers. The trackers showed where they went.

This is just the beginning. Using more fake eggs is the next step. With more data, she can make a map to show where the eggs are traded. This might help to catch poachers. This might protect sea turtles.

Protecting sea turtles also protects the environment. Healthy oceans need sea turtles.

The fake eggs are hard to spot.