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Release Date: August 14, 2018
Transmitter Type: Wildlife Computers Splash10F-344C
Data Collected: GPS location, Water Temperature, and Behavior Information
Expected Lifespan of Tag: 1 Year, depending on battery life

Distance From Juno Beach:
116 miles
Current Water Temperature: 85.6°F
Nearest City: Satellite Beach, Florida
Recent Coordinates: Latitude: 28.202 - Longitude: -80.538
Total Distance Traveled: 497 miles

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Eau-tis, named for Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle that was found chronic debilitated in the waterway behind a private home in Jupiter. The turtle was admitted to the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center on November 7, 2017.

After 10 months of treatment for anemia, hypoglycemia, and minor surgeries to treat an abscess on the front of the carapace, Eau-tis was cleared for released. With a generous donation from Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, LMC was able to purchase a Wildlife Computers satellite transmitter for Eau-tis. This will allow us to track the turtle’s movements to ensure that the turtle is behaving normally post-rehabilitation and release. Eau-tis was released from the beach in front of Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa on August 14, 2018. Follow this turtle’s journey by clicking on Eau-tis’ photo.

Final Update 10/03/2018:
Unfortunately, we received our final location information from Eau-tis on September 27, 2018 just 44 days after the turtle was released. Eau-tis was off the coast of Satellite Beach, Florida when the last transmission was received.

We did receive one additional dive profile on November 14, 2018. Biologists are working with the tag manufacturer to pinpoint what may have caused the short tracking duration. The tag’s signals seem to be weaker than expected indicating that the tag is either damaged or it may have malfunctioned.

Update 8/24/2018:
Eau-tis has swam father north and is now just off the coast of Fort Pierce, Florida. The turtle is also a bit father offshore in deeper waters.

Update 8/20/2018:
Eau-tis has swam north and is now just offshore of Stuart Beach, Florida.

Update 8/17/2018:
Since being released, Eau-tis swam north and is now right around the Palm Beach Inlet. Although some of the points appear to be on land, this is just a result of the normal error in the satellite readings. Based on the high accuracy points, it appears that Eau-tis is staying very close to the shoreline which is why some of the less accurate points appear to place the turtle on land.

Update 8/14/2018:
Eau-tis was successfully released from the beach in front of Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.