Best of 2018: Satellite tags shed light on sea turtle treks

Sea turtle in the Pacific Ocean

A sea turtle, pictured above, swimming in the Pacific Ocean. (© Keith A. Ellenbogen)

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Sea turtles are known to migrate across vast distances of the ocean, nesting in one area and feeding in another. But protections for these endangered species can vary widely in these places.

Protecting them means knowing where they travel. So a team from Conservation International tagged 10 sea turtles in Southeast Asia’s “Coral Triangle” to track their maritime travel patterns.

What they found surprised them, including turtle trips to Australia and nesting islands that are slowly disappearing.

Read the story here.

Olivia DeSmit is a staff writer for Conservation International.

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