SHOREHAM, N.Y. — Two rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, with tiny radio transmitters attached to their shells to monitor their movements, were released Monday into a canal next to a nuclear power plant on Long Island.
The radio devices will show whether the turtles have established a new habitat in Long Island waters or stay only during warm months, said Samuel Sadove, director of the Okeanos Ocean Research Foundation in Hampton Bays.
Previously, it was believed that the turtles migrated to Long Island from a single breeding ground on 20 miles of beach in Mexico. But last fall and winter, about 40 of the turtles were found in cold Long Island waters, raising speculation that they are staying there all year.
Many of those found last winter became ill and died, and others were shipped south by the foundation, Sadove said. The two released Monday were kept at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts after their capture.