During March of 1999, researcher Dr. Dave Nelson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Waterways Experiment Station, captured and satellite tagged two sea turtles as part of the U.S. Army Corps efforts to prevent entrainment of sea turtles during dredging of Brunswick, GA entrance channel. The turtles were captured with 60 ft nets by the Georgia Bulldog Research Trawler. Instrumented with satellite tags and relocated to the north, away from the channel. The tags will allow the researchers and the U.S. Army Corps to determine movements of the turtles after they have been relocated from the channel.
For more information on sea turtles, check out the Sea Turtles Information section of our website.
Click on the turtle’s name to see a map of its movements.
BOB – Bob is the first sea turtle to be captured and satellite tagged for this project. Bob was captured on March 3, 1999 at the entrance to the Brunswick, GA channel. He was resleased north of the channel. Bob has a carapace length of 74.6 cm and a weight of 112.8 lbs.
MARYLIN – Marylin was the second sea turtle to be captured and satellite tagged for this project. Marylin is was was captured on March 8, 1999 at the entrance to the Brunswick, GA channel. She was later resleased north of the channel. Marylin’s carapace length was 62.1 cm and weighed 63.9 lbs.
You can check out what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing to protect sea turtles during hopper dredging.
Funding for the Sea Turtle Tracking research was provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Locations were provided by Dr. Dave Nelson (Environmental Laboratory, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Waterways Experiment Station). Maps created by the Sea Turtle Survival League.