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  Rare turtles tagged and tracked
Updated 20 August 2004, 19.40
Loggerhead turtle
Scientists are electronically tagging and tracking endangered turtles to protect them from extinction.

They want to investigate loggerhead turtles off the coast of West Africa to monitor their journeys, which are among the longest of any animal.

The experts want to understand where the turtles migrate to so they can do more to protect them from fishing nets, which kill 200,000 turtles a year.

The tracking information will be online at www.seaturtle.org/tracking.

The project is being funded by the Marine Conservation Society.

They say they want people to understand the impact European fishing has on African turtles.

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