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In Photos: Tagging Baby Sea Turtles

Tag, You're It!

loggerhead sea turtle baby in tank

(Image credit: Jim Abernethy)

A young loggerhead turtle raised at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Fla. to be tagged and tracked on its migration around the Atlantic. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Satellite Tag

satellite tag

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A satellite tag and attachment. Advances in technology and solar power enable researchers to tag smaller turtles. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Tagged Turtle

tagged baby loggerhead turtle

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A young loggerhead turtle with a satellite tag affixed to its shell. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Tag and Release

Tag and release sea turtle

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A young loggerhead sea turtle tagged and ready for release. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Preparing to Release

loggerhead sea turtle release

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Researcher Jeanette Wyneken holds a young loggerhead sea turtle. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Sea Turtle Free

satellite tagged turtle in the ocean

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A young sea turtle tagged with a satellite tag and freed into the Gulf Stream. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Ready to Migrate

Atlantic loggerhead sea turtle

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A young loggerhead turtle affixed with a satellite tag and ready to begin its Atlantic migration. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Pretty Swimmer

Swimming baby sea turtle

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The tagging study found that young turtles take many paths in their Atlantic migration, with many dropping out of the ocean gyre and into the still Sargasso Sea. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Swimming Turtle

A swimming baby sea turtle

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Young loggerhead turtles swims up the Gulf Stream from southeastern Florida. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Surfacing Turtle

Sea turtle near surface

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Satellite data shows that loggerhead sea turtles spend lots of time on the surface. (NMFS Permit 1551)

Ready to Go

sea turtles in a basket

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Two turtles in a basket, awaiting their release into the Gulf Stream. (NMFS Permit 1551)