Sea Turtle Tracking: Tracking Loggerheads from the Archie Carr Refuge

In 2008, the Sea Turtle Conservancy and the University of Central Florida (UCF) began an inaugural sea turtle research and conservation project to study the migration patterns of threatened loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) nesting in and near the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge on the central east coast of Florida. The study will reveal important information about the turtle’s migratory behavior, including migratory routes, foraging grounds, and the areas of potential conflict with commercial fisheries or legal harvest of sea turtles. This critical information will enhance the ability of resource managers and conservationists in their efforts to protect loggerheads, both in U.S. waters and through international conservation efforts.

The satellite transmitter attached to each loggerhead sends signals to orbiting satellites each time the turtles surface to breath. The data will be collected and downloaded to STC & UCF researchers. In 2010, UCF, through funding from the Sea Turtle Grants Program, attached GPS satellite transmitters to nesting females loggerheads as part of an investigate of reproductive parameters, movements and feeding habits of nesting loggerheads. The information gained from this study will improve estimates of adult nesting population size, identify movement patterns and expand the knowledge on feeding ecology.

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 sea turtles travel after nesting. Through STC’s online educational program, the public is invited to watch along on the Internet as we learn more about these amazing animals.

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

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

2016 Turtles

BAILEY – Bailey is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle to be released with a satellite transmitter on July 30, 2016 from south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 100.0 cm curved carapace (shell) length and 88.6 cm curved carapace width. She was named by her sponsor, Disney Conservation Fund

DESTINY – Destiny is an adult female loggerhead sea turtlereleased with a satellite transmitter on July 30, 2016 from south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 91.2 cm curved carapace (shell) length and 82.1.6 cm curved carapace width. She was named by her sponsors, Disney’s Animal Programs and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

LEONORA – An adult female loggerhead sea turtle to be released with a satellite transmitter on July 31, 2016 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 101.0 cm curved carapace (shell) length and 92.2 cm curved carapace width. Leonora was named by her sponsor, Ripley’s Aquariums.

TURPAC – Turpac is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle to be released on July 31, 2016 with a satellite transmitter after nesting in the Archie Carr Refuge. Florida. She measured 105.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 93.9 cm in curved carapace width. She was named by her sponsor, Pacsafe.

Sponsors:
Disney's Animal Program Disney's Vero Beach Resort Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Ripley's Aquariums pacsafe

2015 Turtles

DASH – Dash is an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released with a satellite transmitter on August 2, 2015 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 94.5 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She is taking part in the 2015 Tour de Turtles, and was named by her sponsor, Shark Reef.

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MARINA – Marina is an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released with a satellite transmitter on August 1, 2015 from south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 107.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 97.2 cm in curved carapace width. She is taking part in the 2015 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

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MYRTLE – Myrtle is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on August 2, 2015 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 101.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She is taking part in the 2015 Tour de Turtles, and was named by her sponsor, Ripley’s Aquariums.

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TINKER BELL – Tinker Bell is the largest adult female loggerhead sea turtle ever released by STC with a satellite transmitter from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 114.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 98.0 cm in curved carapace width. She was release on August 1, 2015 and is taking part in the 2015 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsors, Disney’s Animal Programs and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

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Sponsors:
Disney's Animal Program Disney's Vero Beach Resort Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Ripley's Aquariums  Mapping-SharkReef

2014 Turtles

ANNA – Anna is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 26, 2014 from south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 84.7 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 76.0 cm in curved carapace width. Anna had an old boat strike wound on her shell. She is taking part in the 2014 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsors, Disney’s Animal Programs and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

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ELSA – Elsa is an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released with a satellite transmitter on July 26, 2014 from south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 100.4 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 90.7 cm in curved carapace width. She is taking part in the 2014 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

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MELBA – Melba (short for Melbourne Beach) is an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released with a satellite transmitter on July 27, 2014 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 101.8 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 88.5 cm in curved carapace width. She is taking part in the 2014 Tour de Turtles, and was named by her sponsor, the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate.

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SHELLEY – Shelley is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 27, 2014 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 89.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 85.3 cm in curved carapace width. She is taking part in the 2014 Tour de Turtles, and was named by her sponsor, Ripley’s Aquariums.

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2013:

CARRIE – Carrie is an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released with a satellite transmitter on July 27, 2013 from south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 108.7 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She was named by her sponsors, Disney’s Animal Programs and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Exactly 14 days later, Carrie returned to nest again within a half mile of her July 27 nesting site. These two nests resulted in 161 hatchlings each, for a total of 322 hatchlings!

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CLAIRE – Claire is an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released with a satellite transmitter on July 27, 2013 from south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 94.2 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She took part in the 2013 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Claire’s nest had 99 hatchlings.

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JOHNNY – Johnny is an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released with a satellite transmitter on July 28, 2013 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 97 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She took part in the 2013 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, John’s Island Real Estate Company.

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RIPLEY – Ripley is an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released with a satellite transmitter on July 28, 2013 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 103 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. Ripley took part in the 2013 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Ripley’s Aquariums.

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2012:

LADY MARMALADE – Lady Marmalade is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 29, 2012 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. She measured 92.6 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and was sponsored by The Body Shop Foundation.

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PEACH – Peach is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 28, 2012 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. She measured 99.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and was sponsored by Disney’s Animal Program and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

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PEARL – Pearl is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 28, 2012 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. She measured 98.7 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and was sponsored by Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and Disney’s Friends for Change.

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PIRATE PATTY – Pirate Patty is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 29, 2012 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. She measured 95.4 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and was sponsored by Saint Edwards School.

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2011:

BUBBLES – Bubbles is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered on July 31, 2011 in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 111.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She was sponsored by the University of Central Florida through a grant from the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate program.

JOURNEY – Journey is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered on May 9, 2011 in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She was sponsored by the University of Central Florida through a grant from the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate program.

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LIGHTNING MCQUEEN – Lightning McQueen is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 30, 2011 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. She was sponsored by “Team Disney.” which includes Disney’s Animal Programs and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

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MARLEY – Marley is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on May 9, 2011 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

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MAYORITA – Mayorita is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on August 5, 2011 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. She was named by her sponsor, MeGotta.

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NORAH – Norah is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on May 10, 2011 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

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RAPUNZEL – Rapunzel is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 30, 2011 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. She was named by her sponsor, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

2010:

DAPHNE – Daphne is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered on May 19, 2010 in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida and measured 91.3 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She was named by her sponsor, University of Central Florida.

HOPE – Hope is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered on July 31, 2010 nesting in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida and measured 92.4 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She was named as part of a naming contest held by her sponsor MeGotta.

HANNA – Hanna is an adult female green sea turtle encountered nesting on July 20, 2009, on the beach in the Tortguuero National Park, Costa Rica and measured 92.5 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She was named by Sea Turtle Conservancy and was sponsored by a grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program

NOHEA – Nohea is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered nesting on May 20, 2010 in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida and measured 98.2 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She was named by her sponsor, Shark Reef Aquarium.

IRIDESSA – I’m an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered nesting on July 30, 2010 south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida and measure 91.3 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She was named by her sponsor, “Team Disney.” which includes Disney’s Animal Programs and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

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I’m an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered nesting on July 30, 2010 south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida and measured 91.3 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She was named by her sponsor, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

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2009:

DORY – Dory is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered on July 31, 2009, south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 113.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. A satellite tag was applied after she nested. Dory’s transmitter is sponsored by Disney Animal Programs and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

BREE VARDA – Bree is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered nesting on July 30, 2009, in Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 95.6 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. A satellite tag was applied after she nested. Bree’s transmitter is sponsored by MeGotta.

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RERE – I’m an adult female loggerhead sea turtle first encountered nesting on May 10, 2009, in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. I measure 101.3 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. She was named by Rei Heroman and Teal Phillips.

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SQUIRT – Squirt is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered nesting on May 21, 2009, in Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 95.6 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. A satellite tag was applied after she nested. She was named by the students of the Ocean Reef Academy.

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PATTY – Patty is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered on May 10, 2009, in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 113.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. A satellite tag was applied after she nested. She was named by the University of Central Florida Marine Turtle Researchers.

LULU – Lulu is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered nesting on May 17, 2009, in Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 95.6 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. A satellite tag was applied after she nested. She was named by the kids of 6th grade at Parkway Middle School in Kissimmee, Florida.

2008:

BELLE O’ BREVARD – Belle o’ Brevard is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered on July 30, 2008, in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She returned to nest in in the Carr Refuge 2011. She measured 113.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length, on the larger size for a loggerhead. Researchers estimate she weighed around 350 lbs! A satellite tag was applied after she false crawled.

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LUMIERE – Lumiere is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle encountered nesting on July 31, 2008, south of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 95.6 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. A satellite tag was applied after she nested. Lumiere’s transmitter is sponsored by Disney Animal Programs, Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruise Lines.

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