Latest update on tracking sea turtles
It’s been a month and a half since we first brought you the story of a tale of two sea turtles.
On December 10th, News 25 rode out into the Mississippi Sound stopped just south of Horn Island as researchers and workers with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies released two sea turtles back out into the wild after rehab.
Magnolia, a male green sea turtle, and Toni, a rare female Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, were both equipped with satellite transmitters attached to their backs to collect critical data for researchers.
Today, an update on the two turtles was posted. Magnolia’s latest location is just south of Port Sulfur, Louisiana. He was far outpaced by Toni the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle who surfaced last just south of Venice, Louisiana. IMMS Director Dr. Moby Solangi said, “It’s really important with marine animals being at the top of the food chain are a good biological indicator. Whatever happens to them will ultimately happen to us, so they’re a good monitor of the environment.”
If you like to track the turtles just head over to imms.org/track-our-turtles.