The Endangered Species Act states that all six species of sea turtles living in U.S. waters are either endangered or threatened and need to be protected. Sea turtle season is upon us as the weather starts to warm up and sea turtles start to nest. Peak nesting times are from June to July and one of the best times for researchers to tag female turtles is after they have laid their eggs on the beach. Researchers use these tags to track migration patterns, population, nesting habits and more. The data collected helps to monitor and improve the conservation of sea turtles.
How can National Band & Tag Company help with sea turtle conservation?
We offer self-piercing tags that are made of Monel or our special 681IC style is also available in Inconel (Inconel is a family of austenite nickel-chromium-based superalloys.) The Inconel material stands up to the harsh salt water environment and is the perfect size for a turtle’s flipper. Sea turtle tags are usually stamped with a unique number on one side and a return address on the other side (so people can contact the researchers to report a tagged turtle).
How can you help? If you find a tagged turtle make sure to contact the address on the tag with as much information as possible. The number on the tag, the date you found it, how you found it, and the condition of the turtle are a few key pieces of information. Another way to help is to keep beaches clean of trash and to not interfere with nesting turtles or hatchlings.