VIRGINIA BEACH -- Members of the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team released a loggerhead sea turtle off the coast last Friday, equipped with a special transmitter.
Hermes, named after the Greek god of travel, was recovered after being stranded in Virginia Beach November 25, 2013.
Hermes' high tech satellite transmitter has three small solar chargers for power. This makes the tag much lighter than similar models that have a D-cell battery.
“We are testing this tag to see if turtle behavior in our area allows for proper charging of these great new tags,” said Virginia Aquarium Research Coordinator and Senior Scientist Susan Barco.
Hermes is also tagged with a small acoustic tag as part of a research project with the U.S. Navy.
Hermes' movements can be followed here
The Stranding Response Team also recently released “Crush of Aeres” and “Sausilito.”