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Crab Island Flatback Sea Turtle Research Project

A project of Crab Island Flatback Sea Turtle Research Project, Cape York, Australia in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Kel-Sea Flatback TurtleAdult2008-11-072008-11-2821
Nat Flatback TurtleAdult2008-11-052008-12-0429
Nora Flatback TurtleAdult2008-11-072009-08-15281
Wombat Flatback TurtleAdult2008-11-052011-04-01877

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This project will track for the first time the post nesting migration of flatback sea turtles from Crab Island, Australia - the largest known nesting rookery for the species.

The project is designed to gather an understanding of the range of movement, migration routes, habitat use and behaviour – information critical to effectively manage the population. The turtles will be tracked from Crab Island to their feeding grounds, which are currently unknown.

Study Site:

Crab Island (10o59’S, 142o06’E)is an uninhabited island situated on the top north- western side of Cape York, Australia. It lies 1.5km offshore from the mainland and is approximately 30km south west of Bamaga, 50km south of Thursday Island in the Torres Strait and 180km south of the Papua New Guinean mainland.

Project Partners

This tracking project is being conducted through Southern Cross University in collaboration with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.


Project Sponsors

Funding for this project was made available through the Australian Government's Natural Heritage Trust and administered by the Queensland Government's Department of Natural Resources and Water.

The project is supported by the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council, with special thanks to the Injinoo Aboriginal Community.

Logistical support has been kindly provided by Carpenteria Seafaris



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