June 16, 2016

Turtle research in the Chesapeake Bay may answer some questions

Loggerhead turtles are quite numerous in the Chesapeake Bay. 5000 to 10,000 enter the Bay each summer to feed. But quite a few of them end up dead, washing up on Bay shorelines as they decompose. Loggerheads are listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.

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!