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Barrow Island flatback turtle tracking project 2005-2006

A project of West Australian Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking Project in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Karli Flatback TurtleAdult2005-11-292006-04-10132
Yagoo Flatback TurtleAdult2005-11-292007-02-13441
Yanagee Flatback TurtleAdult2005-11-302006-05-19170
Yarra yarra Flatback TurtleAdult2005-11-302006-01-2051

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Flatback turtles are being tracked from Barrow Island as part of the environmental investigations taking place on behalf of Chevron's Gorgon Gas project based at Barrow Island. Kiwisat ptts were deployed on 4 nesting flatback turtles commencing Nov 29, 2005. Since flatback turtles are not hard shelled animals (their carapace lacks keratin) the transmitters must be attached using a harness arrangement. The flatback turtles using the nesting beaches on Barrow Island are also being flipper tagged.

Two transmitters were also deployed from Mundabullangana station on the mainland in early Dec 2005. This site is being used as a reference flipper tagging site for the Barrow Island flatback population.

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