Chapter 5: Track Munchkin!

The goal of the New England Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Conservation program is to return turtles to the wild. In order to know if rehabilitated sea turtles survive when they are released, researchers use GPS satellite tags to track the animals. The tag on Munchkin will provide researchers with information that will tell them whether she resumes normal loggerhead behavior and returns to her old breeding waters. 

We have no idea where Munchkin is from or if she will even attempt to make the journey back to her origin. The GPS tag is the only way we will ever find out. With this tag, researchers will be able to tell where Munchkin is within 20 to 30 meters. 

The tag works by picking up a radio signal each time the turtle surfaces. The antenna on the tag sends this signal to a satellite that calculates the turtles position. You can view the satellite map to watch where Munchkin goes. Her journey has only just begun!

Chapter 5: Track Munchkin!

The ocean, and sea turtles like Munchkin, are facing accelerating threats like rapidly rising water temperatures from climate change, islands of floating plastic, and ocean industrialization. These pressing issues inspire all of us to educate and take action to influence global change.

Track Munchkin! 


Starting June 17, we are releasing a new chapter about Munchkin’s Journey every week. Learn what goes into rehabilitating a sea turtle, from rescue on the beach to release in the wild, and even follow Munchkin’s journey back to the ocean. Share on social media with #MunchkinsJourney! 

Chapter 1: Meet Munchkin

At 330 pounds, she is the largest loggerhead sea turtle the New England Aquarium has ever rehabilitated! Get acquainted with this gentle giant as we take you through a day in the life of Munchkin.

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Chapter 2: Why Did She Strand?

Learn more about how Munchkin’s journey began. Visit the beach where she was rescued and hear from vets and volunteers about why turtles strand.

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Chapter 3: Prepping for the Wild

What goes into rehabilitating a tremendous turtle? A tremendous turtle rescue team! Take a tour of our rehab facility to see the efforts that go into prepping a turtle for the wild.

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Munchkin on beach

Chapter 4: Munchkin’s Release!

After months of rehabilitation, Munchkin is finally well enough to return to the wild. Watch her make her way down the beach and back into the ocean. 

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