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Tagging for Turtles
A loggerhead turtle swims in the wild
More turtles are being washed up on our shores because of bad storms

Two graduates from Cornwall came up with a unique way to fundraise for turtles.

Nicole Howarth and Nicola Morris have taken part in a cage dive off the Cornish coast to raise money for a turtle satellite tagging project.

The pair are aiming to raise £3,000 for the tag-a-turtle project.

The money would be used to buy a satellite tag to allow the next turtle rescued in Cornwall to be monitored when it is released back into the wild.

Nicole Howarth and Nicola Morris during their cage dive
The friends are hoping to raise 3000 for the Tag-a-Turtle project

The dive was particularly challenging for Nicola as she suffers from the circulatory disorder Raynaud's disease and cannot usually go into the sea without suffering extreme pain.

"I completed the dive with just a mild Raynaud's attack and despite being very scared before getting into the cage I did it!

"Nicole and I got a lot of support from everyone on the boat and the experience was amazing," said Nicola.

The dive trip was donated free of charge by Atlantic Diver who are hoping other local businesses will support the project.

To date Nicole and Nicola have raised more than £500 towards the final total.

In total nine sea turtles have been rescued, rehabilitated and released by the Blue Reef Aquarium.

However this will be the first time one of them will have been tracked using a satellite tag to monitor its progress.

It will mean that experts can gain a much deeper understanding of wild turtle behaviour.

Nicole, who studied BSc Zoology at Newquay College, said: "Turtles are facing a number of threats which are causing populations to decline.

"The most serious marine environment threat to turtles is commercial fishing but other factors such as severe storms are also a factor.

"Recently there has been a significant increase in the number of turtles being washed up around the UK coastline due to bad storms."




SEE ALSO
Giant loggerhead turtle rescued
15 Apr 10 |  Nature & Outdoors
Another rare turtle washes up
31 Jul 08 |  Science & Environment
Turtles return home after UK stay
30 Jun 08 |  Science & Environment
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05 Feb 08 |  Cornwall

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