Recent NewsBermuda turtle ‘Tucker’ reaches the Bahamas
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The turtle was one of five caught in the ocean around Bermuda and fitted with GPS tracking tags before becoming involved in the Tour de Turtles research project which started in August. The Tour de Turtles ‘race’ ended on Monday.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Kermit the Frog famously said: ‘It ain’t easy being green.’ Green sea turtles at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo would probably agree.
‘Tucker’ the green turtle heads to Florida
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Swimming around Bermuda wasn’t enough for one of the five tagged turtles in the ‘Tour De Turtles’ research programme — instead it has embarked on an epic swim to Florida.
Darth Vader takes a shine to Kate
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24: A volunteer at the Bermuda Aquarium was adopted by a 70 pound grouper dubbed Darth Vader.
Top lionfish experts to help Bermuda
Friday, October 05, 2012
FRIDAY, OCT. 5: The Western Atlantic’s leading authorities on lionfish management are to run a two-day workshop with some of the island’s key environmental figures next week.
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This morning marked the official start of the race with one turtle being released at Clearwater Beach in St David’s. After having her GPS attached to her shell, “Fripper”made her way down Clearwater Beach and entered the water to begin her race while dozens of spectators watched.
The next three months will see the participating turtles compete with each other to see which one travels the greatest distance. People can log on to the event website to follow along during the race and cheer on their favorite “competitor.”
Sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on earth and have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years. With as few as one out of 1,000 hatchlings surviving to adulthood, scientists are still trying to learn more about these mysterious creatures of the sea.
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Using satellite technology, scientists can discover more about sea turtle habits at sea and identify foraging and migratory patterns that may hold the key to their survival.
The video below shows Dr Ian Walker from the Aquarium;Dr. Emma Harrison, the Scientific Director with the Sea Turtle Conservancy and Stephen Weinstein from RenaissanceRe talking about this project.
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This knowledge helps researchers, conservationists and governing agencies make more informed decisions about sea turtle conservation methods and policies. Visit www.tourdeturtles.org/Bermuda for more information.