And just to clarify the title of this post, the sea turtles don't all necessarily leave San Diego Bay in the summer. If you revisit the past few blog posts, you'll recall that the turtles are simply in different parts of the Bay, and many of them do seem to venture to other parts of San Diego (I know some made their way to La Jolla Shores this summer!) - but they meander where they like, as this is the life of a sea turtle! And besides, the warm summer waters help facilitate the growth of some intense algae, making the standard turtle-capture methods quite difficult to execute, so the scientists don't attempts to capture the turtles during the warm months.
(Photo: NMFS Permit #1591)
This fall and winter I will continue to post updates to this blog (much more frequently than this summer!) to share with all my San Diego Sea Turtle friends what the turtles and their dedicated researchers are up to this year.
And so, to keep us all interested, I leave you with some photos from last year, and invite you to review the findings from last year's monitoring season - and to wish me luck as I work on making the final edits with my NOAA advisor to our paper we're planning on publishing soon!
The Story of San Diego's Sea Turtles - 2008-2009 Season
Photos: NMFS Permit #1591