Giant Sea Turtles Now Exploring San Diego Bay

Posted: August 22, 2013

By: Ambrosia Brody [Log]

SAN DIEGO -- As many as 60 endangered green sea turtles -- weighing 200 to 540 pounds -- have been increasingly spotted in San Diego Bay, searching for new warmwater environs now that Chula Vista’s old South Bay powerplant has been decommissioned and demolished.            

The former powerplant’s cooling system once provided whirlpool spa-like water temperatures that attracted the turtles. Now, increased boater and green sea turtle interactions are expected to become more common, as the turtles begin exploring busier areas of the bay.            

“We are sill in the early stages of  our research on turtles and the powerplant, but we are finding they are more frequently venturing into areas north, where there is more boat traffic,” said Jeff Seminoff, leader of the Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.   

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