Tarly the loggerhead turtle

Tarly´s release by Kelly Tarlton and Sirtrack staffTarly´s release by Kelly Tarlton and Sirtrack staffIn November 2007 an injured female loggerhead turtle was washed up on Baylys Beach in the north west of New Zealand. She was rescued by Department of Conservation staff and delivered to Kelly Tarlton Antarctic Encounter Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Auckland in an effort to nurse her back to full strength.

Her weight was dramatically low for her size at only 47 kg . A year later with her injuries completely healed and having put on 35kg, it was time to release her back to the ocean. Sirtrack donated a KiwiSat 101 marine transmitter to track the turtle. The transmitter was set to run continuously to get fine scale movements post release. The turtle’s release attracted much local media attention and Kelly Tarlton ran a national competition through the media for school children to name the turtle. The name ‘Tarly’ was chosen, inspired by the rehabilitation centre that nursed her back to health.

On the 29th January 2009 Tarly was safely released offshore from a boat at the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve. Interestingly, the Argos satellite maps showed that Tarly didn’t migrate north to warmer water but instead migrated across the Pacific Ocean towards South America. Researchers and fans of Tarly tracked her movements on the Sirtrack website for 446 days until the transmitter gave out, just off the coast of Chile.

See maps of Tarly´s movements