Leatherback turtles have been called earth’s last surviving dinosaurs. These massive sea turtles were in the sea at the same time as Jurassic reptile stars like Stegosaurus and Brachiosaurus were on land. The dinosaurs have been gone for millions of years, but you can still see these ancient turtle survivors laying their eggs on sandy beaches, in places such as Costa Rica, Panama, Culebra Island in Puerto Rico, and Trinidad.
My adopted turtle, Jamur, was first encountered nesting on May 29, 2007, on Chiriquí Beach in Panama and is part of the Caribbean Leatherback Tracking & Conservation Project. She was named by the transmitter sponsor, BRUNNEN. (Note: Click on the BRUNNEN site and you can learn lots more about Jamur, with maps, pictures, games, and so on). Jamur measured almost 5 feet in curved carapace (shell) length, and is close to average in size.
Jamur left the coast of Panama, and swam all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. She reached the eastern coast of Spain at the end of 2007. After staying awhile in the same general area, she was off to the western coast of Africa. Jamur continued heading north into the Atlantic. She is currently just south of the Azore Islands. Straight line distance is 4149 miles (6,662 km).
Jamur has traveled 9,164 miles (14,747 km)!
You can adopt a sea turtle from Caribbean Conservation Corporation/Sea Turtle Survival league. When you adopt a turtle, you receive an attractive package with a personalized certificate, a plastic turtle, the newsletter, and information about the turtle. It makes a nice gift.