A juvenile green sea turtle caught in Somerset Long Bay has made a successful trip to the Bahamas, with the Bermuda Turtle Project tracking the turtle over the course of its month-long journey spanning nearly 1,000 miles.
Hardy was caught in Somerset Long Bay by the Bermuda Turtle Project. He measured 67.1 cm straight carapace [shell] length and was released with a satellite transmitter on August 10, 2016.
“Hardy made it to the Bahamas! On August 30th we posted that Hardy departed from Bermuda on a long distance migration,” the Bermuda Turtle Project posted on social media.
“In just over a month and almost 1,000 miles Hardy made landfall on September 23rd at Cat Island in the Bahamas. Hardy is still on the move having gone south past Little San Salvador and is now picking up speed and made a turn to the west.”
According to the Bermuda Turtle Project, the cumulative distance traveled was 1,563 km [971 miles], the average speed since release was 1.44 kph [0.89 mph] and the time tracked was 45 days.
Screenshot of the tracking map which you can follow here on the Sea Turtle Conservation site: