In honour of World Turtle Day we thought it would be a good time for a Leona update. I think it’s safe to say Leona hasn’t had an easy ride. The Loggerhead was found on November 2013 in a very sick and underweight condition off the Co. Clare coastline. Things weren’t looking too good for her but with the help of Galway’s aquarium, Atlantaquaria and veterinarian Rita Gately, Leona was back to herself by December 2014.
Now that Leona was feeling better and ready to return to Gran Canaria, all we needed was transport and with the kind help of Dublin Zoo and Aer Lingus the Loggerhead was finally able to go home.
Made a Break For It
Leona was flown and released on the 4th of December 2014. This is where Leona’s real journey would start. Released back into the wild by the Wildlife Recuperation Centre on the Melenara beach in Las Palmas, onlookers and kids from a local school watched as Leona made a break for the sea.
Follow Her Route
Leona was fitted with a GPS tag so we can keep track of her progress as she makes her journey home. The tracking device’s battery won’t last a lifetime, however, so one day we will unfortunately not be able to track Leona, but in the meantime you can see what route she is currently taking on our website here.
As of today, Leona has traveled a whopping 4,818 km in the 6 months she’s been in the water. Believe it or not, she is on her way towards breaking a world record as the longest recorded distance traveled by a loggerhead turtle with an average speed of 24 km/h.
Leona has become something of a celebrity in her amazing adventure, with the Loggerhead having her own Twitter account @LeonasLog and having her whole story in the Aer Lingus inflight magazine.
Find out the whole story from day one of Leona’s the Loggerheads page on our website here.