Stories tagged transmitter

May
07
2007

Missing in action: Researchers are looking for help to find out what happened to a sea turtle that lost the satelitte transmitters on its back.
Missing in action: Researchers are looking for help to find out what happened to a sea turtle that lost the satelitte transmitters on its back.
Science Buzz readers had fun a couple weeks ago following the Great Turtle Race from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands. But here’s a sad swimming turtle story.

Authorities in Indonesia are offering a $500 reward for information about a satellite transmitter found in the coastal town of Krui in Sumatra. The transmitters were glued to the back of an Olive Ridley turtle that had been released into the South China Sea.

A total of 12 of the rare turtles were equipped with the transmitters to track their migration patterns. It’s believed that the turtle-less transmitter might belong to a turtle that was illegally captured by hunters.

Olive Ridley turtles can weigh up to 100 pounds

Satellite transmitters glued to the back of a turtle released into the South China Sea last year are beaming signals from an Indonesian coastal town — and scientists are offering $500 to anyone who can find them.

They believe the turtle — one of 12 released as part of an experiment to monitor their behavior — was illegally captured and killed for its meat. Still, scientists want to retrieve the devices to learn more about the threatened sea creatures.

The specific project raised turtles of several species in captivity and then released them into the wild. The transmitters have shown that most of the others have been adapting well.