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Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Response Coordination

The NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office oversees, coordinates, and authorizes stranding network responses to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings in the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and U.S. Caribbean.

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A map showing turtle effigy and turtle carcass drift track comparison. A map showing turtle effigy and turtle carcass drift track comparison. The reasoning behind using effigies was to develop a product that mimicked how a sea turtle carcass drifts in order to repeat the study in other locations without the use of actual sea turtle carcasses. Here you can see an effigy follows the same drift pattern as two sea turtle carcasses.