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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2016-07-08 00:20:00
Release Location: Keewaydin Island, Florida
Last Location: 2017-07-11 23:55:55
Anna Carolyne Taber
We encountered Kathy at around 11:00 pm on July 7 while she was nesting. She proved to be another loggerhead that had not previously been seen nesting on the Keewaydin beach; a neophyte. She was carrying no flipper tags or evidence of being previously flipper tagged. Neither did our bar code reader detect a PIT. Her carapace was relatively free of fouling organism so, it being late in the nesting season and the night still relatively young, we decided to deploy our last satellite tag on this turtle. We thought it might rain on us at one point, but it cleared up and we released her at 2:05 am.
It turned out that this was the only nest she laid on the island in 2016. Unfortunately, the nest was flooded by the high tides and waves generated by what eventually became Hurricane Hermine. The storm was slow moving and flooded a lot of nests of which Kathy’s was one of many. None of the 120 eggs we found in her nest hatched.
Kathy has proven to be quite the wanderer. After she left Keewaydin, she stayed in the area for a few more weeks before migrating to Bahamian waters. She is currently on the Great Bahamas Bank about 60 miles west southwest of the southern end of Andros Island. That’s around 270 miles from Keewaydin Island. It is not yet clear whether or not she will stay in the area. We’ll have to wait and see what her sat tag tells us.
Funding for Kathy’s satellite tag was generously provided by Dale Chlumsky. The continuation of this satellite tracking project would not be possible without supporters and members of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Portions of this project have also been funded through 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!