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Turtle hatched at Churaumi Aquarium grows during swim to northern Japan

Date Posted: 2007-11-15

A red sea turtle hatched at northern Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium and released into the ocean July 8th has been caught by a fisherman in northern Japan.

Although not pleased the sea turtle was caught, aquarium officials are pleased with details on how the turtle grew from 16.7cm to 20.5cm in four months during his migration north. The turtle, which weighed 976 grams when released, weighed 1,700 grams when captured in Aomori Prefecture October 28th.

Churaumi Aquarium officials say the red sea turtle typically travels 1-,000~2000km during a migration, and is capable of traveling to the U.S. west coast. They think this particular turtle was headed for America when he was caught.

The Aomori Prefecture Aquarium has said it will keep the young turtle in its custody for protection until the ocean waters become warmer. Once the cold weather is finished, the turtle will be released into the wild to continue his travels.

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