As part of the project, team members count both turtles and nests.
"Each individual that we encounter receives flipper tags and a microchip (PIT tag). These tags can be read if she is encountered when she returns to the beach to nest. In addition to tags, each turtle is measure and a small biopsy is taken for genetic analysis. We keep detailed records of every encounter to better understand the size and status of the leatherback population," states the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
Biologists collect critical data on the endangered leatherback sea turtle population. The number of leatherback sea turtles in the Atlantic Ocean appear to be increasing dramatically, while the population of leatherbacks in the Pacific is declining.