Leatherback turtle migration on the Internet

This video is called Leatherbacks: Litoghahira, Solomon Islands.

From the University of Exeter in England:

Turtles‘ Christmas journey tracked by scientists

December 23, 2009

The journeys of two marine turtles around the world’s oceans will be available to view online this Christmas, thanks to a new research project launched by the University of Exeter.

Noelle and Darwinia are two adult female leatherback turtles that nest in Gabon, Western Central Africa. The research team has fitted each turtle with a small satellite tracking device, which enables the scientists to monitor their precise movements and observe where and how deep they dive. The tracking began on 7 December 2009 and so far the turtles have travelled 800 miles between them.

Their progress can now be viewed online: www.seaturtle.org/tracking and people can also get the latest news on the turtles by signing-up for daily email alerts. Noelle and Darwinia are members of the world’s largest nesting population of leatherback turtles, but their environment is threatened. The waters around Gabon are increasingly subject to industrial fishing and oil exploitation, particularly from nations outside West Africa, including countries in Europe.

Leatherbacks are of profound conservation concern around the world after populations in the Indo-Pacific crashed by more than 90 percent in the 1980s and 1990s. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists leatherback turtles as critically endangered globally, but detailed population assessments in much of the Atlantic, especially Africa, are lacking.

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Trinidad Saves Manatees and Leatherback Turtles: here.

7 thoughts on “Leatherback turtle migration on the Internet

  1. Nija [sic] turtles in bid to save sea cousins

    Endangered loggerheads to benefit from videogame sales

    23 December, 17:59

    Nija turtles in bid to save sea cousins (ANSA) – Rome, December 23 – The crime-fighting comic book heroes Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles have joined forces with Italian environmental group Legambiente to defend their endangered cousins, the loggerhead sea turtles.

    Legambiente said French videogame designer Ubisoft had agreed to make a donation to the loggerhead sea turtle’s defense fund for every copy sold of its new release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up.

    The game for Playstation2 and Nintendo Wii consoles will also come with a brochure about the turtles and what else gamers can do help them.

    Its release coincided with the 25th anniversary of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book by American illustrators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984.

    The comic books inspired a TV show, movies and videogame spin-offs based on the adventures of four mutant turtles named Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello after the Renaissance artists, who use their martial arts training to fight evildoers from their home in the sewers of New York.

    ”To celebrate their anniversary, the turtles are taking on the challenge of protecting their Mediterranean relatives,” Legambiente said.

    Loggerheads, also known as Caretta Caretta, are among the biggest marine turtles, sometimes measuring more than four feet in shell length and weighing up to 400 pounds.

    ”Loggerhead sea turtles have laid their eggs on the beaches of the Pelagie Islands, Sicily and Calabria for over 200 million years,” according to Legambiente.

    ”But their habitat has since been transformed into one of the busiest waterways in the world and the turtles are facing extinction”.

    Legambiente said the greatest threat to the turtles are fishing trawlers and pollution, such as plastic bags, which the animals mistake for jellyfish, one of their favorite foods.

    According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Italy, up to 10,000 loggerhead turtles get caught up in nets ever year, many of which do not survive.

    Beach goers often and, in most cases, unwittingly interfere with the turtles’ nesting during the summer and disrupt their hatchlings perilous return to the sea, WWF said.

    They are classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.


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