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Union Creek Reserve

Union Creek Reserve

Inagua Union Creek Reserve

Established in 1965, Union Creek Reserve encompasses 4,940 acres (seven square miles) of an enclosed tidal creek on the northwest shore of Great Inagua. This shallow creek serves as prime habitat for young Green Turtles, Chelonia mydas (typically when they are about 25 cm in length), where they may remain for decades.

The Reserve is a critically important research site for sea turtles, with special emphasis on the Green turtles which has been studied there since 1974. Some of the most important scientific data on this endangered turtle has been provided through studies conducted jointly by the Bahamas National Trust and the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida. It is not open to the public so as to protect the habitat where turtles lay their eggs.

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