Gotcha You Tagged Turtle

Turtle Tag












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.

Turtle diving












Turtle diving 2











Turtle diving 3










Beth and turtle

By | 2017-12-01T14:04:01+00:00 May 12th, 2013|Categories: herpetology, Turtles|3 Comments

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Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.


  1. Susana Hernandez Martinez August 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    About a month ago, a friend of mine found a turtle on the beach. The turtle was dead and it had a tag like the one in the picture.
    We live in Cancun, Mexico. the turtle was found on the beach, here in Cancun.
    The tag has a code: TTT591
    I hope we cal help with your reaserch :)

  2. laymanc
    laymanc August 31, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Cool! I will send you an email with some information. This group has tagged turtles throughout the Caribbean.

  3. Paul Meirowitz November 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Hey I found a tag it’s purple plastic bx237 is the number..please send info.

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