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LILLY'S TRACKING STATISTICS


Release Date: May 30, 2017

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

Lilly, a large sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle, was found last October on Hutchinson Island with a deep wound on the carapace. The turtle received treatment in the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and was named after the iconic Palm Beach fashionista, Lilly Pulitzer, who led a vibrant life and inspired many in Palm Beach and beyond. Loggerhead Marinelife Center was honored and humbled to be chosen as beneficiary of Beach Bash Palm Beach 2016 presented by Lilly Pulitzer, and looks forward to continue partnering with the fashion powerhouse. After all, Lilly Pulitzer and sea turtles are a perfect Palm Beach pairing!

Click here to view photos from Beach Bash Palm Beach 2018.

E-mail tgulick@marinelife.org to be added to the invitation list for Beach Bash Palm Beach 2019 which will take place on December, 28th at The Beach Club.

Final Update 2/25/2019:
After 622 days of tracking Lilly, her transmitter ceased sending information on February 11, 2019. Lilly was still located off the coast of Fort Myers when her signals stopped.

Update 1/30/2019:
Lilly is still located off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida. The water temperatures in this area are dropping so we are curious to see if Lilly decides to move to warmer waters.

Update 1/23/2019:
Lilly has now been tracking for over 600 days! Lilly has stayed in the same foraging area for the past 18 months.

Update 1/9/2019:
Lilly is still in the same location offshore of Fort Myers, Florida. Providencia is only 20 miles from Lilly’s location.

Update 12/26/2018:
Lilly is still in her favorite spot.

Update 12/18/2018:
Lilly is still offshore of Fort Myers, Florida in 110 ft. of water.

Update 11/25/2018:
Lilly has been transmitting for a year and a half and traveled over 6,300 miles since her release. Since Lilly is an adult female, it is possible that she will nest during the 2019 season. If she does, researchers are hopeful to capture information on Lilly’s remigration back to the nesting beaches.

Update 11/15/2018:
Lilly is still in her favorite spot and still appears unaffected by red tide.

Update 10/31/2018:
Lilly is still residing in her foraging area off the coast near Fort Myers, Florida. Karenia brevis (red tide) has not been present in the area where Lilly is currently residing. We will continue to closely monitor Lilly’s movements and the red tide bloom.

Update 8/14/2018:
Lilly has now been transmitting for 441 days! Lilly is still in her foraging area approximately 40 miles off the coast near Fort Myers, Florida. LMC researchers have been keeping a close eye on Lilly’s movements due to the Florida red tide (Karenia brevis) event that is currently affecting Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Based on recent sampling by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), Karenia brevis has not been present in the area where Lilly is residing. We will continue to monitor Lilly’s movements and the red tide bloom, but for now Lilly seems to be doing just fine.

Update 7/20/2018:
Lilly has been transmitting for over a year now. She is still foraging off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida.

Update 2/19/2018:
Lilly is still off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida.

Update 9/23/2017:
Lilly is still off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida.

Update 8/22/2017:
Lilly has remained in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida. Lilly has been making short shallow dives as well as longer (15-30 min) dives to the sea floor.

Update 7/23/2017:
Lilly has remained in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida. Lilly has been making short shallow dives as well as longer (15-30 min) dives to the sea floor.

Update 6/28/2017:
Lilly has gradually made her way down the coast and is currently off of Marathon in the Florida Keys. From here, we have documented turtles swimming east towards the Bahamas, south towards Cuba, west towards the Dry Tortugas, or southwest towards the Yucatan Peninsula. Which foraging ground do you think Lilly will choose? Stay tuned to find out!

Update 6/12/2017:
After her release, Lilly initially swam north. She turned around just off the coast of Vero Beach, FL on June 1st and then began swimming south, passing by Loggerhead Marinelife Center on June 8th. The rehabilitated turtles we have released from Juno Beach, FL, commonly make this northern loop before heading off to their foraging grounds, so we are anticipating that Lilly will be making the journey to her feeding grounds in the near future. Stay tuned to see where Lilly decides to take up residence.

Update 5/31/2017:
A group from Lilly Pulitzer was there to send our beloved Lilly back into her ocean home on May 30, 2017. We are excited to follow Lilly on her new journey, so check back often to see updates on her travels.