Leatherback Turtle Migration Study Identifies Pacific Danger Zones for Endangered Species

DNR Professor Stephen Morreale has joined together with several scientists and specialists across the country to study the Leatherback turtle migration in the Pacific Ocean. These long-lived creatures can migrate across entire ocean basins and are vulnerable to being caught on shorelines by fishing gear. According to the Science Daily article on the study, the turtles were tracked by combining “oceanographic satellite data provided by NOAA, NASA, and a number of international partner space agencies” to cover the long distances the endangered species travels. The goal of this project is to see where the Leatherback turtles are most at risk for being caught.

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