Sarasota, Florida - A giant sea turtle may help bring giant discoveries. Murph, a 300-pound loggerhead sea turtle, was released on Monday off Lido Beach, but Murph didn't swim away alone. The turtle was outfitted with a special satellite tag that will allow researchers to follow his travels.
Murph was rescued on Memorial Day after becoming entangled in a variety of fishing gear. He had fishing and crab line around his neck and flippers and two large shark hooks in his shell.
Photos: Murph's release!
The satellite transmitter he now carries will provide insight on male turtle behavior in the wild. Besides letting scientists know his location, the tag also records temperature and depth. Unlike female turtles, who come ashore to nest, male turtles spend their entire lives at sea and it is difficult to find and tag them in the wild.
In coming days you can follow Murph's travels by clicking here and looking for his name.