A Blue View is a weekly perspective on the life aquatic, hosted by National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli.

From the smallest plants and animals invisible to the human eye to entire ecosystems, every living thing depends on and is intricately linked by water.

Tune in to 88.1 WYPR every Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. as John brings to the surface important issues and fascinating discoveries making waves in the world today.

October 23, 2012: WIDECAST 

Listen to John discuss the important work that WIDECAST does to save leatherback sea turtles! 

The National Aquarium has had a long partnership with turtle conservation network WIDECAST, particularly in Costa Rica, where the leatherback sea turtle comes ashore to nest. This species has been listed as endangered since 1970. Very little is known about the turtles’ migratory behavior, population genetics or dynamics, inherent diseases, or mortality rates.

WIDECAST gathers research through rescue operations and satellite tracking to develop programs to help save this amazing species. As part of our partnership, Aquarium staff conducts training programs for local volunteers on veterinary care and stranded animal rehabilitation. We hope that through awareness and support from the international community, the WIDECAST network can continue to grow!


1 Response to “A Blue View: WIDECAST”

  1. 1 National Aquarium October 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    We feel strongly that it is important to elevate the work of WIDECAST and the critical dangers surrounding the survival of leatherback turtles. In addition to the amazing work and dedication of the WIDECAST team, others organizations like Oceana are also pledging their support to help preserve this amazing species. From now until October 31, Oceana will DOUBLE any contribution to help save these turtles. To donate or find out more on this proposal click here: http://act.oceana.org/go/1044?t=3&akid=2544.920356.P5VFrj

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