Study On Deep Sea Turtles Show Interesting Results

January 20th, 2011 - 8:29 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
darwinia-leatherback-turtleJan 20, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A group of scientists performed a study on 25 leatherback turtles for a period of 5 years and the female turtle named Darwinia has turned out to be the deepest diving sea turtle in the study. The scientists fitted each of the turtles with a transmitter on the back which was powered by lithium ion batteries. The transmitter used to send signal to the satellite receiver whenever the turtles swam on the surface of the water of the ocean. The scientists were amazed to discover that some of these turtles covered a whopping distance of 10,000 miles a year and in the process migrated to South Coast of USA from Africa in Ocean.

The study also revealed that not all of these turtles followed the same route. The details on these turtles, their lives and migration route etc were published on a reputed nature magazine. Sadly the leatherback turtles are being threatened by increasing fishing activities and their numbers are dwindling over the years. A lot of the turtles end up getting entangled in fishermen’s nets and lose their lives thereafter. A number of environmentalists and biologists have raised their voice against the practices that are endangering the sea turtle population.

What may seem like an alarming statistics to animal scientists, almost 98% of the leatherback turtles have simply disappeared from Pacific Ocean in the last few decades. If adequate preventive measures are not taken now, the turtle species may soon join the league of extinct marine animal species. The scientists have reasons to believe that only some hundred female turtles survive now.

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