Katia has begun relaying regular data once again! One of the reasons we believed for the lack of data was that she was simply moving too fast and it seems that that was indeed the case. When she last transmitted a location on September 14th, Katia was located south of Nantucket just heading into deeper water. We had received a few short Argos transmissions indication the transmitter was functioning but the system was unable to calculate location due to the the corrupt and brief transmissions.
Over the past few days, Katia has slowed down and we are once again receiving a ton of data. The curious bit is that she is now located off the coast of Virginia almost 650 kilometers southwest of Nantucket. The PAT tag she is towing incorporates a Fastloc GPS device which logs location and the tag should relay data revealing her route back to Virginia. Where do you think she will travel next?
Explore the current map below:
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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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