Turtle in a hurry to cross Atlantic

Posted on January 24, 2005

Leading to the belief that even reptiles can spot amazing discount store sales, Fisher, a loggerhead turtle, has trekked over 4,000 miles in since July and should reach west Africa in the near future. There's no word just yet as to whether or not the sale will take place at a Wal-Mart or Kmart.

Fisher was released off the North Carolina coast and is being tracked by a satellite transmitter. The Marine Turtle Research Group is tracking him, and you can see the updates at Seaturtle.org.

Some of the researchers speculate that Fisher, who is about 5-foot long and weighs 150 pounds, is purposely following this path because numerous other turtles were recently released from Cape Verde, which is close to his current path. The more obvious answer is that he was really just going to Florida and took a wrong turn. Let's just hope the African stores are open 24 hours.