01 Aug '11, 3pm

Endangered leatherback turtles range wider than previously thought, reports @yalee360:

01 Aug 2011: Leatherback Turtles Forage Over Vast Area, Study Shows Using GPS tracking devices, U.S. scientists have demonstrated that endangered leatherback turtles migrate and forage over a far wider area in the Pacific and Indian oceans than previously believed, Scott R. Benson/NMFS Leatherback turtle demonstrating the necessity of greater international protection for the giant turtles . Scientists from the U.S. Fisheries Service tracked leatherbacks from some of the few remaining healthy populations of the animals in Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea. The researchers found that the turtles, which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and grow to six feet in length, range across a wide variety of marine ecosystems, from the North Pacific to the waters of the East Australian Current and the Tasman Front. The turtles also forage off the California coast for sea ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/leatherback_turtles__forage_o...

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