Leatherback Sea Turtles Followed On 12,700 Mile Migratory Journey Across The Pacific:
NOAA researchers and their international partners in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands are using satellite transmitter technology to track the endangered leatherback sea turtle across the Pacific Ocean. Transmitters attached to the carapace of the turtle send signals to satellites providing researchers with information on the animals’ geographic location, diving behavior, and sea temperatures.
Recently, a female leatherback sea turtle was tracked for 647 days and 12,744 miles during its journey from a nesting beach of Papua, Indonesia to its foraging area off the Pacific coast of the United States of America.
Image: A Leatherback sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, taken off the coast of Mozambique, Africa, by Simon Pierce (via Seaturtle.org).