Thursday, February 26, 2009

Adelita the Loggerhead

In 1999, Adelita the loggerhead was the first sea turtle ever tracked across the ocean using satellite telemetry. While millions of people around the world shared her migration on the Internet, her migration helped to prove that loggerhead born in Japan, feed off the coasts of California and Mexico before making their way back home to Japan to nest. The story that Adelita tells is an amazing one as she reminds us again that our oceans are connected and that we are all in this together.

Everyone everywhere must work together to protect sea turtles and their habitat. Sea turtles need us to fight for them and we must pull together to get the word out about their plight. Sadly, this migration was Adelita's last - she drowned in a shrimp net off the coast of Japan. A PBS documentary Voyage of the Lonely Turtle was created about Adelita and her journey. The documentary showed the many dangers Adelita faced on her 9,000 journey across the Pacific, in addition to showcasing giant schools of fish, dolphins, and jellyfish. Please take a moment to watch this short video about Adelita's journey and witness the spectacle that is animal migration.

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