RESOURCES: Turtles on the Go

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Science  07 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5672, pp. 803
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5672.803e

After being outfitted with a satellite transmitter last July, Fluffy, a female loggerhead, swam more than 4300 kilometers up and down the North Carolina coast before the transmitter failed in January. Enthusiasts and researchers alike can learn more about satellite tracking of turtles at this site from the nonprofit organization You can download charts of the wanderings and photos of individual animals that researchers are following as part of 10 projects around the world. The site also offers tools and advice for scientists, such as software for making Geographic Information Systems maps and summaries of different tagging methods. For example, plastic or metal flipper tags are cheap and easy to attach, but they can fall off and might snag in fishing nets.

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