Release Date:2012-05-11 23:00:00
Release Location:Ras Laffan, Qatar
After a week of searching for turtles in Ras Laffan, we finally spotted this one, as she emerged to lay eggs early on a dry evening. She was a small turtle, measuring only 69 cm in curved carapace length, and nested right on the high tide waterline, which is not a great place for the eggs as they would get inundated at the next high tide - maybe she is young and inexperienced. So we moved her 72 eggs further up the beach and made a brand new nest for them, and hopefully they have a better chance where they are. We also tagged her with a flipper tag (QU0622) so that we can recognise her again in the future, and attached a satellite transmitter which will alert us to her migrations and feeding grounds as she departs Qatar's shores. Kindly supported by 7DAYS the information we gather from her movements will go towards informing conservationists and policy makers as to the best course of action to help conserve this critically endangered species.
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