To Trap a Turtle

A story of satellite tagging sea turtles

Leif Johnson
Jul 2 · 12 min read
Keewaydin Island

Photo by Jesse Schoff on Unsplash

A loggerhead sea turtle nesting under a full moon.

Dave’s silhouette on the beach under a full moon
The green sea turtle with a satellite tracker being fitted to her carapace
The rainbow arcing over the gulf, the second rainbow dimly lit to the left.

Keewaydin was showing off and we were all mesmerized with her performance.

With the tagging efforts complete we removed the box from around the turtle and stood back as she made her way down the beach. We all watched in amazement as she slid back into the waves, a final touch to complete a once in a lifetime picturesque scene.

The turtle returning to the ocean with the satellite tracker on its back. The second rainbow is just visible in the top left corner.

Environmental Science Department

Scientists at the Conservancy have an active research agenda aimed at enhancing our understanding of ecosystems and associated wildlife in Southwest Florida.

Leif Johnson

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Biologist working to change perspectives and speak for nature

Environmental Science Department

Scientists at the Conservancy have an active research agenda aimed at enhancing our understanding of ecosystems and associated wildlife in Southwest Florida.