Turtle swims from Indonesia to Oregon

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080208/ap_on_fe_st/odd_amazing_journey;_ylt=AnM_WtFP4Pzmh5j8F8pE71wDW7oF

    BANGKOK, Thailand - A leatherback turtle has been tracked swimming from the coast of the Papua province in Indonesia to Oregon, researchers said, in what may be the longest trip for marine vertebrae between breeding and feeding sites.

    "This is an animal perfectly suited for doing this kind of journey," said Scott Benson, research fishery biologist for the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, who helped track the turtle and presented details of the journey at a sea turtle symposium last month.
    The longest distance of nine turtles tagged in 2003, Benson said, was the leatherback that reached Oregon and then headed to Hawaii before the battery on the satellite transmitter gave out. The 12,774-mile journey took 647 days, he said.
  2. wow, that's awesome! i'm constantly amazed by animals and what they can do. thanks for posting!
  3. the animal is probably suffocating from all the trash, toxic chemicals, hunters, and polluted water in Indonesia and has to go somewhere to survive.
  4. that a nice story..:heart:
  5. Wow, what a trip he took!
  6. That is amazing!!