Suzie is back on track

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 21 August 2013

Suzie is back on track After being off the radar, Suzie, our first tagged turtle from the Turks and Caicos Islands, pops up! Last week the MCS Biodiversity team were amazed to hear about a sighting of a long lost friend.

Suzie is back on track After being off the radar, Suzie, our first tagged turtle from the Turks and Caicos Islands, pops up! Last week the MCS Biodiversity team were amazed to hear about a sighting of a long lost friend. Suzie, the first turtle to be satellite tagged in the Turks and Caicos Islands(TCI), and who carried out an astonishing 6,000km return migration (http://www.seaturtle.org/mtn/archives/mtn127/mtn127p26.shtml) before her tag failed in May 2010, was spotted nesting in the US Virgin Islands! Suzie became a national celebrity in TCI, as local people followed her amazing journey online. Her trip was also covered by the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8284780.stm), The Times and The Telegraph. She went international until her tag dropped off and she dipped under the radar. But, on the night of the 6th August, turtle researchers at Sandy Point, St Croix (USVI) carefully approached a nesting green turtle and read her flipper tags. Realising the tags did not belong to the Sandy Point project, they reported her to WIDECAST (a regional turtle conservation organisation who hold Caribbean tagging data), who then reported the sighting to MCS. It was Suzie! When we tracked her, she had swam straight past the USVI, and her tracking data suggested she may have nested in Barbuda. So why she is now nesting in the USVI is a mystery - maybe, by chance, we tracked her first attempt at a nesting migration and she missed her target destination! Another episode in Suzie’s amazing journey! If you would like to follow the tracked turtles progress sign up here for free or you can read more about marine turtles.

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