Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Wham The Loggerhead
Mote Marine Laboratory researchers, in Sarasota Florida, have attached satellite-tracking devices on 71 sea turtles, starting with five tags in 2005. Wham was among a class of 23 females tagged this spring at Casey Key, where Wham dug six nests before returning to the ocean. The tracking devices have revealed a regular route for the turtles to foraging grounds. Scientists noticed that Wham's journey seemed to be going wrong. The turtle, apparently attacked by a shark off Cuba, was rescued Aug. 23 near the Dry Tortugas and transported to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.