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Aug 29, 2000

Sea turtle tracked by satellite to Belize

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In the past we’ve run stories on the electronic tracking of monkeys and manatees…and recently took a frightening look at a project to implant radio transmitters in the deadly fer de lance snake. Tonight we are told of the arrival of an electronically tagged sea turtle in our waters. “Zenit” is the name of the green turtle which was fitted with a radio device in July and released from the beach at Tortuguero in Costa Rica. Since then he has headed up the Caribbean coast with the speed of a drug runner and as of today was reported to be hanging out somewhere off Dangriga. The Tortuguero Sea Turtle Tracking Project is trying to learn more about the migratory patterns of these fascinating creatures and is sponsored by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, Florida Marine Research Institute and U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service. To keep up with the travels of Zenit and three other tagged turtles, you can log on to the website www.cccturtle.org.

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