Scientists Use Criminal Technologies to Trace Sea Turtle

The technologies commonly preferred in tracing burglars rather than reptiles, are now being applied by the British scientists scrutinizing the man-oeuvre of one of the most cherished creature on the earth.

A group of scientists from the University of Exeter used a crime-scene technique and satellite tracking to find which exploring turtles belonged to the breed in Cyprus.

The team also measured the solid isotope ratios and used a chemical signature with the help of forensic scientists to disclose that the Lake Bardawil on northern coast of Egypt has now became the most important turtles’ foraging ground that breeds at Alagadi in Cyprus, which is an area well-known for the turtle population.

A director and professor from the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, Brendan Godley said on the Penryn Campus of the University of Exeter in Cornwall that, “Our satellite tracking of turtles breeding in Cyprus has been going on for some years. This meant we knew where many of the turtles went to forage for food, but our preliminary analysis using stable isotope ratios showed a major foraging area had been missed. A large proportion of turtles had isotope ratios that did not correspond to sites previously identified, and we tracked five of them. Five out of five went to Lake Bardawil.”

While, Dr. Phil Bradshaw from the same university added that, “This research demonstrates how stable isotope analysis can help us learn more about the lives of species like green turtles.”

The paper has been published in a scientific journal, ‘Marine Ecology Progress Series’.

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