While world leaders ponder the fate of nations, an 8-year-old Lincoln County boy will be tracking his turtle.
Eight loggerhead sea turtles are involved in a new Georgia Department of Natural Resources satellite telemetry project. More than 1,200 elementary school children from throughout the state submitted names for the turtles in honor of the countries participating in the G-8 Summit next week on Sea Island, Ga.
Caden Jones, the son of Jeff and Rhonda Jones, won for his entry Cherepakha, which means "turtle" in Russian. He was given a stuffed turtle by Gov. Sonny Perdue last week at the Capitol.
"Naming these sea turtles will raise awareness about the upcoming G-8 Summit and increase recognition of the Georgia coast and its importance to species such as loggerhead sea turtles," Mr. Perdue said in a news release.
The turtles will be nesting on Georgia's beaches during the G-8 Summit scheduled for June 8-10.
As the turtles come ashore, telemetry units will be glued to their backs so they can be tracked, said Robin Hill, a public affairs coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources.
"We know they stay out in the waters off shore, but we really don't know where they go," she said.
Caden, a rising fourth-grader, can track the turtles' movements through the Web site www.seaturtle.org, which will be active through next year. Caden, who is home-schooled, came up with the name by contacting a family friend who is a missionary in Russia.
Reach Melissa Hall at (706) 868-1222, ext. 113, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are the winning names for the loggerhead sea turtles that will be tracked. The names honor countries in the G-8 Summit.United States:
Cherokee Rose (Georgia's state wildflower)
France: Bonjour (means "good morning" in French)
Germany: Ormanda (means "of the sea" in German)
Japan: Oki (means "open sea" in Japanese)
United Kingdom: Tea Cake
Italy: Bellissima (means "most beautiful" in Italian)
Canada: Aurora (for "Northern Lights")
Russia: Cherepakha (means "turtle" in Russian)