King's tracked turtle
A project of Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Immature
Release Date: 2016-12-13 16:00:00
Release Location: Ten Thousand Islands
Last Location: 2017-02-06 23:22:59
King's tracked turtle measured 52 cm curved carapace length. The turtle moved to an area off Cape Romano after release. A week later King's tracked turtle crossed Gullivan Bay to an area off Gullivan and Whitehorse Keys, possibly moving up Dismal Key Pass. The turtle later crossed the Bay, may have traversed Blind Pass to the Gulf waters, and moved around Cape Romano into the Bay again. King's tracked turtle then began heading southward, presumably along the outer islands of the archipelago but signal transmissions have been highly variable in location accuracy. These movements brought the turtle into the waters of Everglades National Park and, in mid-January, King's tracked turtle had taken up residence in Ponce de Leon Bay north of Cape Sable. The turtle headed northward and then offshore by the end of the month. King's tracked turtled looped back inshore nad headed back south to Poance de Leon Bay. Tula, one of our other instrumented ridleys, has also moved southward and joined King's tracked turtle in the Bay. The satellite tag is sponsored by Tom and Katrina Reusche.