Sea Turtle Tracking
Satellite tracking is beneficial for research purposes including the migration of sea turtles, their foraging behavior and much more. You can learn about some of the sea turtles Clearwater Marine Aquarium has released with a satellite tag and view their tracking maps below.
Bowser is the most recent sea turtle rehabilitated at Clearwater Marine Aquarium to be released with a satellite tag. Xeno was the third sea turtle at CMA that was released with a satellite tag, in 2016. Kreacher was our second released with a sat tag earlier in 2016, and our first satellite tracking tag was done on a loggerhead sea turtle named Ozzy in September 2015.
Bowser is a loggerhead sea turtle who arrived on June 13, 2018. The adult loggerhead was found floating and swimming sideways near St. John’s Sound off of the Pinellas County coast. After extensive treatment for gastrointestinal issues, Bowser was deemed ready for release by the CMA Vet Team and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. See how far Bowser has gone on the map below!
Xeno’s Satellite Track
Xeno is a sub-adult loggerhead that was taken in on September 17. She was found about 15 miles offshore, floating and unable to dive. She had some fluid in her body causing puffiness and moderate epibiota (organism growth such as bivalves or algae) on her carapace or shell. X-rays showed an extensive amount of shell-like material was found in her GI tract. After a series of treatment including antibiotics and vitamins, she was cleared for release!
Kreacher’s Satellite Track
Found near the Sandpearl Resort on May 8, 2016, Kreacher was discovered floating and distressed with moderate edema. Results of a CT scan revealed shells in her esophagus and gastro-intestinal track, causing her buoyancy complication and discomfort. She received TPN (total parenteral nutrition) treatments and a regular diet of squid and shrimp to help regulate her digestive system. With a clean bill of health, Kreacher was ready to return home to the wild. Kreacher was released on Clearwater Beach on June 21, 2016. Track her on the map below.
Kreacher Update 7/25/2016:
According to Dan Evans with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, Kreacher seems to have found a feeding ground, which could explain why she has been hanging around one particular area. “The continental shelf off the Gulf coast of Florida has many areas of hard-bottom reef and other habitats that are great places for loggerheads to find food,” said Evans.
Ozzy’s Satellite Track
Ozzy was our first sea turtle released with a satellite tag. The last day we have her tracked is on January 22 off the coast of North Carolina. We believe that Ozzy’s tag has either fallen off or has become biofouled. Biofouling is the growth of organisms, algae and barnacles on a wet surface. Four months is the average lifespan of a tracker, so we were pleased with the results we received from Ozzy’s journey. We appreciate all of the support we received and thank you for tracking Ozzy’s journey with us!
Learn more about the importance of satellite tracking through our partners at Sea Turtle Conservancy.