June 16, 2016
Headlines announce that NOAA predicts a smaller dead zone with little to no oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay this summer. Should we rejoice that this dead zone will ONLY be about the size of 2.3 million Olympic-size pools? The sea life in those areas will not be thriving or rejoicing. And we should not be complacent. Much more still needs to be done to keep runoff out of these waters. More folks still need to apply less fertilizer to their lawns. Virginia and Maryland have made strides in reducing nutrient pollution, but Pennsylvania needs to get onboard to reduce the "stuff" from farms that still flow down the Susquehanna River.
So the ingenious folks at VIMS have recreated two "Frankenturtles" using the carapace of two dead turtles. They plan to track these fake turtles as they get blown around the Bay to determine the causes of death. Interesting plan!