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Release Date: October 31, 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:
159 miles
Current Water Temperature: 71°F
Nearest City: Fort Myers, Florida
Recent Coordinates: Latitude: 26.734 Longitude: -82.623
Total Distance Traveled: 853 miles




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Providencia was named in honor of our long standing partnership with Discover the Palm Beaches and the historic connection to the palm beaches. In 1878 the Spanish brig Providencia bound from Mexico to Spain ran aground on what was then known as the lake region. Local residents took the cargo of coconuts as salvage and within a decade the area was filled with palm trees, giving the island a new name – Palm Beach.

Providencia, the turtle, is an adult female loggerhead that was found at the St. Lucie Power Plant intake canal. The turtle was anemic and in overall poor health due to starvation. Interestingly, the turtle had a few eggs remaining in her oviducts which were seen on her radiographs. The eggs were non-viable and Providencia eventually passed all of the eggs. The turtle was initially treated with total parenteral nutrition (TPN) until she began eating on her own. After fully resolving her anemia, Providencia was medically cleared for release by LMC’s veterinarian, 10 months after being admitted to the Sea Turtle Hospital at LMC. The turtle was outfitted with a Wildlife Computers SPLASH tag prior to release so that LMC biologists can track her movements and ensure the successful rehabilitation of the animal.

Update 12/10/2018:
Providencia has traveled a little farther north and is now just 20 miles east of where Lilly has been residing since July 2017.

Update 11/26/2018:
Providencia has traveled nearly 600 miles since her release just under a month ago. She is now off the coast of Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys. LMC has tracked other turtles to the Dry Tortugas (Captain Jack), the Gulf of Mexico (Lilly), and the Yucatan Peninsula (Elsa). Where do you think Providencia will end up?

Update 11/15/2018:
Providencia is on the move! Providencia continues to travel south along the coastline and is now approximately 7.5 miles offshore of Singer Island. Where do you think she is headed?

Update 11/12/2018:
Providencia traveled north along the coastline, reaching Cocoa Beach on November 8th . The turtle has since turned back south and is currently off the coast of Fort Pierce, Florida. The vast majority of the rehabilitated turtles released from LMC make this northward journey along the coastline before heading to their foraging grounds. We will have to wait and see where Providencia ultimately goes.

Update 11/5/2018:
Since her release, Providencia has traveled north along the coastline. She is now currently located off the coast of Fort Pierce, approximately 7.5 miles north of where she was found stranded.

Update 10/31/2018:
Providencia was released off of Juno Beach on Halloween 2018. We are excited to see where Providencia goes. Stay tuned to follow her travels.