Katia has just left the relatively shallow waters of the continental shelf and is now passing over Hydrographers Canyon which drops from about 600 feet deep to well over 6,000 feet deep. This location is where the deep ocean lower nutrient “blue” water meets greenish higher nutrient water found along the continental shelf. This is a very productive area and is heavily fished for tuna (bluefin, bigeye and yellowfin), sharks and swordfish.
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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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