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Casey Key Loggerheads 2009

A project of Mote Marine Laboratory in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Big Betty LoggerheadAdult2009-05-252010-04-02312
Bingbing LoggerheadAdult2009-05-192009-06-1123
Bitsy LoggerheadAdult2009-05-282010-06-21389
Chemem LoggerheadAdult2009-05-292009-09-11105
Chompy-2 LoggerheadAdult2009-06-032010-06-21383
Edith LoggerheadAdult2009-05-212009-06-1020
Ellen LoggerheadAdult2009-05-172009-09-12118
Flo LoggerheadAdult2009-05-232010-06-21394
Jean LoggerheadAdult2009-05-192009-10-05139
Kessie Green TurtleAdult2009-07-252010-03-09227
Liz LoggerheadAdult2009-05-192010-06-21398
Lydia LoggerheadAdult2009-05-172009-12-17214
Martha LoggerheadAdult2009-06-062009-10-25141
Nell LoggerheadAdult2009-05-252010-01-03223
Raphael-2 LoggerheadAdult2009-06-072009-10-21136
Ruth LoggerheadAdult2009-05-292009-11-27182
Swimmy LoggerheadAdult2009-05-232010-04-17329
Violet LoggerheadAdult2009-05-252009-06-0713
Vismaya LoggerheadAdult2009-06-062009-11-22169
Wham LoggerheadAdult2009-05-282010-08-23452
Whizzy LoggerheadAdult2009-05-142010-01-01232
Wiblet-3 LoggerheadAdult2009-05-172010-01-03231
Willow LoggerheadAdult2009-05-192009-06-1729

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A focus of this year's satellite tracking project is to compare stable isotope results with telemetry results to determine the efficacy of using stable isotopes to elucidate post-nesting migratory destinations of sea turtles. Stable isotope analysis of skin and eggshell tissue (which reflect foraging areas) will be compared with the oceanographic regions visited during satellite tracking. Stable isotope values that are consistently different for females in oceanic vs. neritic habitats lend credence to their use to infer post-nesting migratory destinations. A lack of matching between isotope values (pre-nesting habitat) and satellite tracks (post-nesting habitats) would suggest a) that loggerheads do not exhibit philopatry to foraging regions, or b) that loggerhead habitat use is too flexible to use isotopes in inferring habitat use. A consistent isotope-telemetry match among individuals would suggest that stable isotopes can be used in lieu of the more expensive satellite telemetry approach to potentially infer foraging grounds.

A second focus is to track female turtles that are potentially bycatch in the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery bottom longline fishery. More information on this issue is summarized at

Project Partners

Mote Marine Laboratory is handling the field deployment and satellite tracking while National Marine Fisheries Service is supervising the stable isotope analysis.



Project Sponsors

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund supported this project though a grant to the "Longlines and Loggerheads" project.

This project "Stable Isotope Profiles of Sea Turtles from the Southwest Rookery", was funded in part by a grant awarded from the Sea Turtle Grants Program proposal 09-001R. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at

School sponsors: Wooster School.

Corporate and non-profit sponsors: Morrison Family Foundation

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