Sea Turtle Tracking: Florida Leatherback Tracking & Conservation Project

In 2020 the Sea Turtle Conservancy worked with Florida Leatherbacks, Inc. to study the migration patterns of critically endangered leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) nesting along the Atlantic coast of Florida. The study will reveal important information about the turtle’s migratory behavior, which will help both conservationists and natural resource managers to improve protection efforts for this endangered species.

The satellite transmitter attached to each leatherback sends signals to orbiting satellites each time the turtles surface to breath. The data will be collected and downloaded to STC researchers. Educational migration maps will show the best location points of the turtle’s movements and locations. This will allow interested persons all over the world to watch along as researchers discover where the giant leatherback turtles travel after nesting. Through STC’s Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking Education Program, the public is invited to watch along on the Internet as we learn more about these amazing animals.

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For more information on sea turtles, check out the Sea Turtles Information section of our website.


Click on the turtle’s name to see a map of its movements.

2020 Turtles

FRECKLES – Freckles is an adult female leatherback sea turtle that was observed nesting on May 22nd 2020 on Jupiter Island, Florida.  She is an average size Florida leatherback measuring 150.5 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 107.0 cm curved carapace width. Freckles is taking part in the 2020 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Sea Turtle Conservancy.
HOPE – Hope is an adult female leatherback sea turtle that was observed nesting on May 23th 2020 on Jupiter Island, Florida. She is a rather large Florida leatherback measuring 161.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 114.0 cm curved carapace width. Hope is taking part in the 2020 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Turtle & Hughes, Inc.
JESSIE – Jessie is an adult female leatherback sea turtle that was observed nesting on May 23th 2020. She is a small Florida leatherback measuring 146.5 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 111.0 cm curved carapace width. When encountered on May 14th 2020, Jessie had a new injury probably caused by a boat strike. Jessie was named by her Sponsor, Certina Watches.
TAMARIND – Tamarind is an adult female leatherback sea turtle that was observed nesting on May 21st, 2020 on Jupiter Island, Florida, USA. She is a small Florida leatherback measuring 147.5 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 97.5 cm curved carapace width. Tamarind is taking part in the 2020 Tour de Turtles and was named by her Sponsor, Atlantis, Paradise Island.
TARTLEBY – Tartleby is an adult leatherback sea turtle that was observed nesting on May 23rd, 2020. She is an average size Florida leatherback measuring 153.5 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 109.0 cm curved carapace width. She is taking part in the 2020 Tour de Turtles and she was named by her sponsor, tarte.