I will admit that we were a bit concerned as there was very little data relayed this past week, but all is well! Over the past few days, Katia has made a big jump to the north east and is now located about 50 kilometers south of Long Island in New York. The transmitter that Katia is carrying is designed to drag behind her as she swims and only breaks the surface of the ocean when she comes to the surface as she takes a breath. While the tag is constantly recording and storing data, we only receive the data in limited bursts when the tags antenna is out of the water and a satellite is overhead. This is kind of a rare occurrence if Katia is moving fast. In the next few days, we should have enough data to tell her swim speed, water conditions and more precise location. Explore Katia’s track here
Sea turtle tracking fund
We are seeking a total of $8,500 for:
Satellite transmitter and satellite collection fees ($8,500)
One of the best tools that we have to understand how leatherbacks behave while they are in our waters each summer is the "satellite transmitter." These small (expensive) devices collect a lot of data when deployed on a leatherback turtle. Along with very precise GPS locations, the preferred device that we utilize also collects diving depth and water temperature data.
The purchase of additional satellite transmitters will allow us to continue to gather data on how leatherback sea turtles utilize the nearshore waters of Florida. Each season it is our goal to collect data on the movements of leatherbacks between nesting events. All data collected by these satellite transmitters is posted and shared online here on our website.
This device would be used for two seasons before the battery runs out and will need to be replaced. Check out the results of previous satellite tracking HERE
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