Beth Whitman’s sea turtle research is off to a terrific start. Pictured above is a green
turtle we recaptured yesterday. We caught it in about 20′ of water (see the pictures
below) after about 25 (unsuccessful) free dives. Thomas and Lory tagged the turtle
more than five years ago (February 2008) – in almost the exact same place! In the
first 11 turtles Beth caught this trip, 3 were tagged (all by Thomas a few years ago).
For some perspective on how fortunate this is, I think back to a project Albrey Arrington
and I did back in Venezuela. We tagged somewhere around 2,500 peacock bass and
recaptured <20 over a six year period. Lots more from Beth on her project in the
days to come.