Our story begins with a deep passion for the preservation and protection of marine turtles.
For Nicolas, it all began after completing an eco-volunteering mission with Planète Urgence and the association Te Mana O Te Moana on the Tetiaroa atoll in French Polynesia.
The mission involved conducting daytime and nighttime monitoring at a sea turtle nesting site, including DNA sampling, taking photos, and geolocating the nests.
After transitioning into mobile app development, Nicolas felt inspired to use his newfound skills to support those working towards sea turtle conservation.
Caitlin, grew up on the coast of Western Australia, and with that, came a deep love for protecting the marine environment.
Having undertaken sea turtle monitoring, Caitlin was astonished that the public seemed to have no idea of how to approach a sea turtle.
Many people were taking selfies with the turtles as they were struggling to climb the sand dunes to reach their nesting locations.
Most of the turtles got too scared of people crowded around them and returned back to the water, unable to comfortably lay their eggs.
Why is there no one monitoring the turtle laying beaches to ensure they lay comfortably and successfully? Is this really too much to ask for?
We believe it is not.
Caitlin's first idea was to create an app that would educate people on the proper way to approach a turtle for increased laying success.
From there, the idea grew into, if people are going to approach the turtles anyway, maybe they can assist in conserving them too and Caitlin began looking for sponsors to bring his idea to life.
After discovering Caitlin's crowdfunding campaign on social media through a friend's screenshot, Nicolas reached out to her to establish a partnership.
This is how the We Spot Turtles! project was born.