Last night Sara and I came across a turtle as she was just finishing up her nest in MacArthur Park. I checked her tags and then checked the list of turtles to see who she was. Wow, I checked the tags once again and had Sara check the sheets this time. The tag number belonged to Bootes! "Are you sure" I said as I checked her PIT tag. We double checked and verified that it was actually Bootes. We have been waiting for her to return for 4 years now! You are probably wondering what is so special about her?? In 2002 we deployed our first three satellite transmitters on our nesting turtles - Aries, Sandy and Bootes. If you have been keeping up with the project for a while, you will remember that Sandy was found dead on a beach in New Jersey on October 12th 2002 after being tracked from Juno beach to new jersey. A press release can be found here Aries and Bootes had not been seen since that season. We stopped receiving transmissions from Bootes after about two months and were worried about her fate (especially after what had happened to Sandy) Last night she looked great! Not a scratch on her and she even grew a bit since we saw her last. Here is an article with an image of Bootes (and me looking like an idiot!) Fathoms magazine We also spotted another nesting turtle on Singer Island. This one was a new turtle and she was rather tiny. At 134 centimeters curved carapace length she is bringing the average size of all our nesting turtles down. Not much else to report other than the rough surf and salty air. It makes the night really long and the ATV ride is a tough one. Hopefully it will die down a bit today.