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Sarich

Bald Head Island 2006: Loggerhead Turtles

A project of Marine Turtle Research Group.


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After nesting on Bald Head Island in the summer of 2006, Sarich settled in coastal waters off of Cape May, New Jersey for the fall. She then returned to Onslow Bay off of NC for the winter and in February, she started to move north again. For several months, we had no definitive location fixes for Sarich from the satellites, although occasionally we could see that her tag was still active somewhere in the Atlantic. Then, in late May 2007, we received a clear location: somewhere far out in the Atlantic. It appears that Sarich took a ride in the Gulf Stream out into deeper water. She started heading her way back west, but then moved a bit north and her last location puts her very close to or in the Gulf Stream again. Will she ride it this time all the way to Europe?

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Species: Loggerhead
Life Stage: Adult
Gender: Female
Release Date: 2006-07-09 01:00:00
Release Location: Bald Head Island
Last Location: 2007-10-27 14:02:08

Adoptive Parents:
Edward Jenest
Watershed Ecology Center USC Upstate Camp Discovery
The Garaffa Family
David Porter
Mrs. Locke's Third Grade
Joseph Gianna

Background

Sarich was the first turtle tagged from the 2006 Bald Head Island loggerhead tracking project. She came ashore to nest at about 1 am. Once she finished nesting, we put a big box around her and cleaned her carapace. Then we attached the satellite transmitter with a special epoxy. We finished up at around 3 am and she crawled back to the ocean and swam away. The Allen family from Clarksville, Virginia, won the naming rights for the first turtle in a charity auction hosted by the Bald Head Island Conservancy on July 3rd and named her Sarich, after their daughter Sarah and son Richard.


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