06 Feb '12, 10pm

Loggerhead sea turtle 'hotspots' discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

Loggerhead sea turtle 'hotspots' discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

Loggerhead Sea Turtle via Shutterstock Two new feeding 'hotspots' of the endangered loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta ) have been discovered by scientists using satellite tags to track their movements. A study paper published in the journal Biological Conservation also points out that these two feeding locations, both in the Gulf of Mexico, are supporting several populations of loggerheads. Found by analysing sateliite tracking data, it is thought that at least three populations are supported by the two 'hotspots' of vital loggerhead habitat. One is located north of the Yukatan Peninsula and the other off Southwest Florida. The scientists examined the satellite tracking data from three different loggerhead populations to find where they feed and travel throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The data will then be used to help habitat conservation planning for the long sufferin...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/loggerhead-sea-tur...

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