MAX MOODY - Northern Cyprus 2011
A project of MTRG.
MAX MOODY (Loggerhead) is 36 km N of the coast of Egypt and 139 km from Alexandria
This female loggerhead was tracked from North Cyprus to provide insights into the overlap of breding female loggerhead turtles and fisheries in Cyprus and the wider Mediterranean.
The turtle has been supported by Christine and Neil Moody who made the winning bid in it's auction during a fund raising concert held on 10th July 2011 in Lapta, Cyprus. They named the loggerhead after their three year old grandson Max from Norwich, UK. For their support our thanks go out to Christine and Neil and to everyone who attended the concert. The concert was organised by Patricia Dann and Peter White of Friends of SPOT (Society for Protection of Turtles).
The transmitter was attached early in the season to allow us to collect data on her movements during this important summer nesting period. As you can see, she has moved quite widely within the bay of Guzelyurt/Morphou, from the village of Akdeniz where the transmitter was attached. She even made a short trip to Kyrenia and back between nesting events. Over the next month, after she lays her last of 3-4 nests, we should see her move away from the West coast of Cyprus towards her foraging grounds. These could be anywhere in the East Mediterranean from the North coast of Tunisia in Africa, to the Southern coast of Turkey.