In one of its most unusual tasks, the U.S. Navy has assisted in the transfer?
In one of its most unusual tasks, the U.S. Navy has assisted in the transfer of about 22,000 baby turtles from areas of the Caribbean where they are abundant to areas where they are virtually extinct.
This is the fifth year that the Navy has participated Operation Green Turtle, a cooperative effort of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, The U.s. National Science Foundation, and the University of Florida.
Basically, the operation involves the transporting of newly hatched green sea turtles from the Shores of Costa Rica to areas of the Caribbean where they are no longer abundant (the Island of Grenada in our film). When female turtles reach maturity at five to seven years of age, they return to their place of birth to lay eggs.
The hope behind Operation Green Turtle is that the baby turtles will forget where they were actually born and return instead to areas where they were transplanted.
The Navy provided an amphibious aircraft and crew from a base in Puerto Rico, assisting in the transfer of about 22,000 baby turtles to 16 different locations, ranging from Mexico to South America, throughout the West Indies and into the U.S. State of Florida.