In Field Season, Map

The sea turtle field season, which has just ended, is our most exciting time. It is also our busiest. For two months we work weekdays and weekends with lots of long hours. By the end we are tired…but still always sorry it’s over.

I had hoped to write more often over the summer, but I fell behind. Instead, I’ll fill you in on tales from the field over the next few weeks.

First, of course, is what is up with Beverly. If you look at the map below, you’ll see that she’s been joined by two other turtles: Asha and Christie whom we tagged the first week of August.

Here is a map of the three tracks on August 8.

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Here it is a bit closer up.

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And here is where the turtles are today.

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This is what Asha looks like.

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We weighed her, and she came in at just over 400 kilograms (almost 900 pounds). Her curved carapace length or CCL (the length over the curve of her top shell) was 158.4 cm. We don’t know where Asha is from, and we don’t know whether or not she’ll nest this season. She’s our mystery turtle for this year.

And this is Christie.

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When we found Christie, she was pretty scraped up. We’re not sure from what exactly. We weren’t able to weigh her, but she measured 159.2 CCL. Just a smidge bigger than Asha. Like Beverly, Christie is also a Trinidad turtle. She’s due to nest again this spring, which is exciting. She’s nested both at Matura Beach and at Grande Rivière in past years.

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  • steve peckford
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    Hi my name is steve.I live on Indian Arm Bay,in Notredame bay Newfoundland.During the food fishery in late Sept i was fishing cod in my canoe out front of my home.While i was sitting there,i hear the water ripple next to me,and when i turned to look,there was a large leatherback seaturtle that surfaced beside my canoe.I was able to watch it for a moment before he went under,and saw it surface a few more times before it was gone.I’m not sure if anyone was interested,but i’m told it’s rare for them to be this far north.Just thought someone would like to know.

    • Kathleen Martin
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      Hi Steve! Thanks for taking the time to write. We’re really interested in your leatherback sighting! We’ll follow up by email.

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