For the First Time, Scientists Tag a Loggerhead Sea Turtle off U.S. West Coast

Data from the satellite tag should help scientists understand what habitats loggerheads use and how to more effectively protect this endangered species.

  Loggerhead Turtle Tagged off U.S. West Coast

Fifty miles out to sea from San Diego, in the middle of April, under a perfectly clear blue sky, NOAA Fisheries scientists Tomo Eguchi and Jeff Seminoff leaned over the side of a rubber inflatable boat and lowered a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle into the water. That turtle was a trailblazer—the first of its kind ever released off the West Coast of the United States with a satellite transmitter attached.

Read the whole story at  http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2015/05/first_tagged_loggerhead.html.