track_howard

HOWARD'S TRACKING STATISTICS

 

Release Date: October 17, 2019

Transmitter Type: Wildlife Computers Splash 10F

Data Collected: GPS location, Water Temperature, and Behavior Information

Expected Lifespan of Tag: 6 months to a year

Howard is an adult male loggerhead turtle that was found by the biologists with Inwater Research Group at FPL’s St. Lucie site on March 13, 2019. The turtle had an unintentional boat strike injury to the left rear flipper, tail and marginal carapace. The injury appeared to be about a week old. Due to blood loss the turtle was anemic upon arrival at the Sea Turtle Hospital at LMC, but fortunately did not need a blood transfusion. After seven months, Howard’s wounds were healed and the turtle was cleared for release. Howard was fitted with a satellite transmitter prior to release so that biologists can follow the turtle’s movements post-rehabilitation to ensure the turtle returns to normal behavior in the wild. 

Update 5/4/2020
While it might appear like Howard is transmitting from land, Howard actually swam into the East River a month ago and remains in the river. All data from the tag indicate that Howard is behaving normally.

Update 4/2/2020
On March 4, 2020, Howard began swimming north along the Atlantic coastline reaching the area around Jekyll Island, Georgia on March 21, 2020. While it might appear like Howard is now transmitting from land, Howard actually swam into the East River. While it is not unusual for loggerhead turtles to be found in salt marshes and river mouths, it is a little unusual for an adult male to be hanging out in that area during a time when he should be finding mates. We will continue to keep an eye on Howard’s track to see what he does, but for now Howard appears to be making normal dives.

Update 3/2/2020
Howard is still located just north of the Sebastian Inlet and is remaining close to shore. As loggerhead sea turtle nesting season approaches, Howard will likely start looking for mates in the area.

Update 1/20/2020
Howard is still located just north of the Sebastian Inlet in the Atlantic Ocean.

Update 1/3/2020
Howard is currently located just north of the Sebastian Inlet in the Atlantic Ocean.

Update 11/25/2019
After remaining in the Vero Beach, Florida area for around three weeks, Howard travel south to Stuart on November 5, 2019. Since then, Howard headed back north and on November 21, 2019, the turtle was located off the coast of North Beach/Wabasso Beach. As a result of the normal errors associated with the satellite locations, Howard’s track sometimes appears to be on land; however, dive behavior and highly accurate GPS locations indicate that Howard is in the Atlantic Ocean and is remaining close to shore.

Update 10/23/2019
Since his release, Howard has been traveling north along the coastline. He is so close to shore that his track sometimes appears to be on land as a result of errors in the satellite data. Rest assured the turtle is swimming in the big blue. In the six days since his release, Howard has made it to Vero Beach, Florida.

Update 10/17/2019
Howard was released from Juno Beach today!