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Squeaky - Conservancy of SW Florida Keewaydin Island Turtle Tracking Project - Subprogram

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We first saw Squeaky nesting on Keewaydin in 2011. She laid two documented nests that season. Only one hatched. The other one was washed away. Squeaky returned again in 2013 and laid three more nests. She was back again in 2016 and laid two more nests that we documented. One of them was washed out while the 103 eggs in the other resulted in 95 hatchlings reaching the Gulf of Mexico. To date the 515 eggs in the seven nests we’ve assessed for hatching success resulted in 473 hatchling loggerheads, some of which we hope come back as adults in 25 or so years.

We outfitted her with a satellite tag on May 25 on the night we first encountered her on the island. She was also satellite tagged in 2013. As expected, she returned to the foraging area she uses when she’s not visiting the Keewaydin beach. Her foraging area is located about 27 miles northwest of Dry Tortugas National Park so she’s about 120 miles southwest of Keewaydin Island.

Funding for Squeaky’s satellite tag was kindly donated by David and Vickie Smith. The scope of this project would not be possible without the generous contributions of supporters and members of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and a series of grants from the Marine Turtle Grants Program, which is ably administered by The Sea Turtle Conservancy. Our sincere thanks to you all!

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  • This map connects positions generated by the ARGOS system designated as location class (lc) '3', '2', '1', '0', 'A', 'B'. Locations that have been "filtered" are displayed as small red dots.
  • This maps also shows locations of class '4', 'Z', 'X' as small black dots which are not connected by a route line.
  • Bathymetry layers are derived from the GEBCO One Minute Grid.
  • Sea surface temperature and chlorophyll are derived from NASA's Ocean Color data.
  • Ocean currents and sea surface heights are derived from AVISO's Ssalto/Duacs Gridded Absolute Dynamic Topography & absolute geostrophic velocities data.

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