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Welcome to our conservation network

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance is regional network of protected areas set up to help and assist the park management and conservation organisations on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. Together we are working to safeguard our unique natural world.

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This month’s issue is all about migration. An exciting discovery in Venezuela of bats originally tagged on Aruba and Bonaire, confirms their long distance travel between our islands and the South American continent. In St. Maarten waters, Humpback Whales were tagged to gain insight in their migratory routes as a way to improve conservation strategies for these majestic marine mammals. Several Humpback Whales were fitted with satellite transmitters that provide a ‘live feed’ of the animal’s location. On St. Eustatius research efforts are beginning to shed more light on a very elusive bird species: The Bridled Quail-dove.

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    Species in the Spotlight:

    Tiger Shark

    The Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier), a large shark that is often feared for its aggressive behavior, has a nickname that is far from prestigious: “wastebasket of the sea”. Tiger Sharks are known as scavengers that will eat just about anything. No other species of shark has such a wide variety of diet. Young Tiger Sharks have tiger-stripe markings on their bodies that give this species its common name, however these markings fade in adults and become absent in adults over 3 meters long. Tiger Sharks live both in coastal and pelagic waters, up to depths of about 350 meters. They tend to prefer murky waters in coastal areas. They also frequent river estuaries, corals reefs and lagoons.

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Dutch Caribbean Islands

The Dutch Caribbean islands are remote, tiny and divided into two distinct groups which are separated by more than 900 km of open water. Their natural heritage is rich and diverse, making them a ‘hotspot’ for biodiversity.