Turtle’s Remarkable Pacific Swim

Date: 16/09/2013

Ariti the turtle, complete with two satellite transponders on her shell, swam in more or less a straight line for
73 days, clocking up 2160km as she headed to feeding grounds around Fiji. She was tracked across the Pacific, passing through the waters of the Cook Islands, passing near Niue and on through Tonga to the Lau Basin, the loggerhead-rich waters southeast of Fiji’s main islands. Scientists say she will have eventually covered 3500km in a little more than two months. She has been swimming about 38km daily, averaging 1.6km an hour.

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