Longest migration [Sea turtle]
Last updated: October 11, 2017 at 21:41 pm
A leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) crossed the Pacific from Indonesia to Oregon. The battery in its transmitter failed in early 2005 when the turtle was near Hawaii and had 20,558 km (12,774 miles). The turtle was likely on its way back to Indonesia which would add another 8,050 km (5,000 miles) to its record journey. The tag had been fitted at Jamursba-Medi in July 2003. The leatherback is also the world’s largest sea turtle.
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