Scientists are attaching satellite tags to the shells of female hawksbill sea turtles in a bid to unlock the mystery of their migration and inform future conservation initiatives.
GPS tagging could help save the hawksbill sea turtle threatened by poachers and habitat loss Satellite tags are attached to females in the Solomon Islands to better understand their nesting, migration & feeding (SOUNDBITE) (English) RICHARD HAMILTON, MELANESIA PROGRAM DIRECTOR, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, SAYING: "Those GPS tags are taking a fix every three hours when the turtle comes to the surface. And that's giving us a really detailed understanding of fine scale movements of these turtles during their nesting period. And also it will give us some very detailed information of where these turtles re-migrate back to their foraging ground." The satellite tags fall off after about a year These islands have the largest hawksbill rookery in the South Pacific The data collected will also help protect the hawksbills while nesting