Grant and I are here in Brunswick, Georgia, USA with the Large Pelagic Research Team from the University of New Hampshire who are undertaking a scientific study to ascertain the migration path of the Leatherback Turtle. Using a boat owned by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources we will be heading out into the water off the coast of Georgia to scan the sea for signs of Leatherbacks. The idea is to then use a massive fishing net to catch a Leatherback, bring it aboard, attach a tracking device and send it back into the Atlantic.
Before that though, I sat down with Andy Myers and got him to explain the tracking device that we will be attaching to one lucky Leatherback. Once we have succesfully tagged a Leatherback, we can then start tracking its migration into the Atlantic ocean. You will be able to follow its progress here on the WOtM website... if of course we succeed.
You can find out how we get on in the next report and there's more info about tracking migrating Leatherbacks at the Large Pelagic Research Team website but until next time, wish us luck!
Next report: Leatherback Turtles Part 2