UNH researchers catch up with SEAGOING TURTLES & MAKE HISTORY!

July 31, 2008

DURHAM, N.H.—You may think of them as being slow, but some seagoing turtles that have eluded scientists for years have been tagged by a team including University of New Hampshire researchers.

The researchers tagged one male and two female leatherback turtles off Cape Cod. They are the first free-swimming leatherbacks ever tagged in New England.

The turtles are an endangered species. They were tagged this month with GPS-linked satellite tags that transmit tracking data, allowing scientists to better understand the elusive, highly migratory giants to enhance their survivability.

Associate Professor Molly Lutcavage says researchers have spent 20 years trying to learn about the turtles on the high seas, with slow progress.

Leatherback turtles, which can weigh up to 2000 pounds, are the largest living reptiles in the world.

First pic takes you to original article. The second pic will take you to another page where you will learn a great deal about Leatherbacks!

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~ by Digory Kirke on August 3, 2008.

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