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Friday, November 30, 2012

Anneke, the Green Turtle, Continues to Break All Records!

We introduced Bonaire Insider readers to Anneke, the green turtle, awhile back with two stories about her nesting and migration.  But this incredible turtle continues to amaze! 

Anneke has now been migrating to her home foraging grounds for 52 days and covered over 3,660 kilometers (2,275 miles), surpassing all previously tracked Bonaire turtles in total distance traveled.

After breaking sea turtle speed records crossing the Caribbean south to north, Anneke has steadily followed the coastlines of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and now Cuba to arrive at the Canarreos Archipelago.  South of the Bataban Bay in northwest Cuba, the Canarreos consist of about 350 islets. The largest island in the chain is Isla de Juventud, which is roughly ten times the size of Bonaire.  Anneke is currently in shallow water along the Canarreos Archipelago, Cuba.

In the past two days according to the Argos Satellite feed, Anneke has slowed her movements, remaining close to Cayo Rosario, however she could just be refueling on seagrass and rooted algae.  STCB definitely is not yet prepared to state that Anneke has reached her home foraging grounds. Knowing this turtle, she may still have something remarkable in store for us.  (Source:  STCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 30, 2012 at 12:05pm AST


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