Voyage of the Lonely Turtle

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A solitary loggerhead turtle in the middle of a vast ocean may not sound like an adventure film, but stick with her. Along her 9,000-mile voyage to nest, our loggerhead tour guide in Voyage of the Lonely Turtle encounters hammerhead sharks, deep ocean tempests, and man-made death traps in the form of fishing nets and hooks. Her body of well-suited armor and specialized adaptations for deep-ocean dwelling will help the sea turtle evade many of the ocean’s menaces. But this is just one set of challenges to overcome. Here is another: she must find her way across the Pacific, from Mexico to a small stretch of beach in Japan, a precise location that she has been to just once before, as a two-inch hatchling, decades ago.

Researchers have learned a great deal about how this curious creature could make such a phenomenal voyage. Some of the most valuable information was gained from a single voyage. Scientist Wallace J. Nichols released the captive loggerhead turtle, Adelita, into the Pacific a decade ago. Over the course of a year, Adelita did what no sea turtle had ever done before, she took researchers and turtle enthusiasts along on her journey, to her beach, to nest. Since then, researchers have shed much light on how sea turtles like loggerheads navigate the astounding trip. One of the more fascinating aspects of this navigation is the turtle’s use of magnetic mapping to chart its course.

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Online content for Voyage of the Lonely Turtle was originally posted April 2007.

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Television credits

Narrated by
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Produced and edited by
MARK FLETCHER

Photography
RICK ROSENTHAL
PETER SCOONS
HOWARD HALL
BOB CRANSTON
DAVID REICHERT
DOUG ALLAN
STEVE DOWNER
TOM FITZ

Graphics
BURRELL DURRANT HIFLE

Dubbing Editor
TIM OWENS

Dubbing Mixer
BEN PEACE

Writer
DAVID HELTON

Scientific Consultants
WALLACE J. NICHOLS
BRENDAN GODLEY

Production Team Assistant
JO AVERY

Production Coordinator
CHARLOTTE GODFREY

Production Manager
SALLY MARK

The BBC wishes to thank
OCEANA
THE OCEAN CONSERVANCY
CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
GROUP TORTUGUERO
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION
ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL
ANDY BYATT

Executive Producer
SUE WESTERN

Series Editor
TIM MARTIN

(c) 2007 BBC All Rights Reserved.

FOR NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producer
JILL CLARKE

Associate Producer
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
RACHAEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

On-Line Editor
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

Music by
LENNY WILLIAMS

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Main Title And Series Graphics
PMCD

Original Nature Theme
ALEX LASARENKO
TONAL, INC.

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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(c) 2007 Educational Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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