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.


Kayla said...

Wham was actually discovered within the Dry Tortugas National Park (70 miles west of Key West) a few miles North of Loggerhead Key. It was a promissing sign that she could dive to 45' in attempts of alluding her park service capturers. She has been eating well since arriving at the hospital, and will hopefully be released back to the wild.

Tootie said...

Thanks for sharing that information and update. It's a great story and must be a great job. :-)