Conference: Protecting sea turtles with new technologies

After birth, sea turtles swim non-stop until they reach the open sea. What happens afterwards remains mysterious and poorly documented. For several years, we lose track of the turtles, without knowing what happens to them. Scientists refer to this period as the "lost years", but the emergence of new technologies such as miniaturized satellite tracking systems and digital modeling could make up for this lack of knowledge.

May 27, 6:30 pm

On Monday May 27, 2024 at 6:30pm, the La Rochelle Aquarium welcomes Tony Candela, oceanographer and PhD student supported by the NGO Upwell, Mercator Ocean International and the Centre d’Études et de Soins pour les Tortues Marines (CESTM) at La Rochelle Aquarium.

The conference is free and open to all, subject to availability.

Informations :

  • Monday May 27
  • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Amphithéâtre René Coutant – Aquarium La Rochelle, Quai Louis Prunier, 17000 La Rochelle


Bio-logging is a scientific discipline that involves attaching an electronic device to an animal in order to reconstruct its activity and learn more about the behavior of its species.

Since 2020, Tony Candela has been testing a new miniature beacon technology on young sea turtles to shed more light on their “lost years”. Coupled with digital modeling and ocean data (currents, temperatures, etc.), these tools offer an excellent opportunity to better understand sea turtles and therefore better protect them.

After several years of research, the first results are in; Tony Candela will present them to the public on May 27 at the Aquarium La Rochelle.

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