Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Thursday, 08.21.2014
Classifieds
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9
 10  11  12  13  14  15  16
 17  18  19  20  21  22  23
 24  25  26  27  28  29
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local




Members Of



Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Feb 08,2008
Endangered turtle swims 12,744 miles
by UPI

PORTLAND - The journey began in Indonesia's warm waters and when it ended at the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast a giant leatherback sea turtle had clocked 12,744 miles.

Scientists, who tracked the endangered species reptile by satellite as he ventured across the Pacific Ocean, said it was longest recorded migration of any sea vertebrate, ANI reported.

The journey began in the summer of 2003 and the 12,744 miles were covered in 647 days -- all that trouble to feast on jellyfish off Oregon's coast.

Scott Benson with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who lea the study, told National Geographic the leatherbacks are huge reptiles that can measure up to nine feet from the tip of one flipper to the other and weight 1,200 pounds.

"Like large whales, their immense size allows them to store (food) reserves and travel great distances without eating regularly. Although they are hatched at tropical beaches, they have unique adaptations for a reptile that enable them to tolerate cool, temperate waters," Benson said.

The turtle was one of nine leatherbacks studied and the only one to complete the longest journey. The other turtles went in different directions.

The study is published in the journal Chelonian Conservation and Biology.

© 2008 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

824 times read

Related news
New study: Iron in NW rivers fuels phytoplankton, fish populations by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on Mar 02,2007

Recurring “Dead Zone” Off Oregon is Spreading, Suggests New Trend by Bend Weekly News Sources posted on Sep 27,2006

Ocean upwelling delay gives scientists sneak preview of what future may hold by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on Mar 01,2007


Jellyfish wipe out N. Ireland salmon by UPI posted on Nov 22,2007

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 7 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County
Fairgrounds

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum

Advertisements



Deschutes County

Google  
  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
Advertisement
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?