Help Us Give REMUS SharkCam New Life as TurtleCam!

posted: 08/13/15
by: Danny Clemens
REMUS SharkCam

In 2013, the REMUS SharkCam captivated the world. The groundbreaking device follows sharks tagged with a transponder beacon, recording important scientific data and capturing remarkable footage of the fish in their natural habitat from six different angles.

Now, marine biologists want to deploy the same technology to study another animal in crisis: leatherback sea turtles.

Dubbed TurtleCam, the second incarnation of SharkCam will study turtles with a transponder tag suction-cupped to their shell. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Vehicle Operations Engineer Amy Kukulya and researcher Kara Dodge hope to use TurtleCam learn more about leatherback turtles' diet, feeding strategies and dive behavior. The pair will also study how fishing gear entanglement, boat collisions and waterborne plastic pollutants threaten turtles.

"These endangered turtles travel thousands of miles each year, from the tropics to cool northern waters to feed on jellyfish. Yet despite their enormous size and worldwide distribution, we know little about their day-to-day lives in the ocean, including where, when, and how they feed," Kukulya explains.

Before TurtleCam can be deployed, Kukulya and Dodge need to raise $10,000 to fund their field work. Their research team needs to lease a charter boat and airplane to locate and tag the leatherback sea turtles before TurtleCam can follow them.

Let's take a stand for the leatherback sea turtles. Click here to join Discovery in supporting TurtleCam.

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