Australian loggerhead turtle swimming record celebrated on World Turtle Day

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-23 14:34:30|Editor: Song Lifang
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SYDNEY, May 23 (Xinhua) -- An Australian loggerhead turtle that swam an incredible 2,022 km from Bundaberg on Australia's east coast to the Torres Strait in the country's northern islands, is being celebrated for world Turtle Day Tuesday.

Known affectionately by her satellite tag QA57223, the turtle was part of a scientific research program operated by the state of Queensland's Department of Environment and Heritage Protection at the Mon Repos Conservation Park, which has been tracking turtles in the name of conservation for more than 40 years.

"Scientific research is crucial in raising public awareness of the plight of endangered wildlife and World Turtle Day is a timely occasion to celebrate all the work done here in Queensland," State Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Steve Miles said.

"This time, our scientists have obtained a wealth of data to study as a result of QA57223's journey, thanks to the regular information transmitted by satellite technology."

"Each time the turtle broke the water's surface the device on her shell transmitted a signal back to the research team, led by Environment and Heritage Protection chief scientist Dr Col Limpus."

Beginning on January 30, 2017, QA57223 arrived back in her original home in the Torres Strait Islands on April 6, a record for a east coast turtle.

"Her average swimming speed was 21 km per day with no evidence of significant feeding stops overs along the way to 'refuel' -- an impressive marathon swim!" Mr Miles said.

Scientists now believe QA57223 is happily settled down in the deep waters between Horne Island and Moa Island.