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UNH Large Pelagics Research Center - 2009 Cape Cod Leatherbacks

A project of Large Pelagics Research Center, UNH in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Bruce LeatherbackAdult2009-09-032010-03-25203
Ethan LeatherbackSub-Adult2009-07-102010-08-28414
Teddy LeatherbackSub-Adult2009-08-272010-06-01278

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The Large Pelagics Research Lab (LPRL) has embarked on our third field season working with leatherback turtles in their foraging grounds off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. Since 2007, we have satellite tagged twenty-two leatherbacks including ten males, five females and seven sub-adults. Our research goal is to obtain high resolution geo-location, water mass, depth, and prey associations for leatherback sea turtles off of New England. Another objective of this work is to establish the connectivity between leatherback turtles utilizing New England waters with their high seas foraging and low latitude reproduction areas.

For more information about the LPRL leatherback research program, please visit our website at

The Large Pelagics Research Laboratory serves to promote research on the large pelagic species of the Atlantic including tunas, billfish, sharks and sea turtles. The long term goals of our research are to establish comprehensive information on highly migratory Atlantic species that can lead to improved fisheries management and stock rebuilding.

All leatherback research activities are conducted under NMFS section 10 permit #1557-03.

Project Partners

The Large Pelagic Research Lab's leatherback project is conducted in partnership with commercial fishermen, New England Aquarium, and Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.


Project Sponsors

Major support for our leatherback research is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). We have also received support from Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association and Pura Vida, Inc. We are grateful for logistical support and resources provided by Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Massachusetts Environmental Police, and U.S. Coast Guard. We thank Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for providing critical sightings information through their 1-888-SEA-TURT hotline.

We'd also like thank Wildlife Computers Inc. for turning our "ridge-mount tag" concept into reality, and for generously donating a new tag for our 2009 season.



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