Satellite Tracked Sea Turtles
The Florida Aquarium invites you to track Palmer! This juvenile Loggerhead sea turtle was recently released following rehabilitation at The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center. Equipped with a satellite tag, we hope to acquire important data including diving, feeding, migratory and other activity patterns along with corresponding environmental conditions like water temperatures, etc. These data points will help to provide key insight for future conservation efforts.
The satellite tag was provided with support from the Sea Turtle Conservancy and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Conservation Grants Fund (CGF).
Palmer stranded in Cape Cod, Massachusetts as a result of a cold-stun event. Initially triaged at the New England Aquarium, Palmer was flown – along with three other rescued loggerheads – in a private airplane to Tampa by volunteers from the non-profit organization, Turtles Fly Too. Arriving at our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in early January, Palmer received rehabilitative, supportive care by the animal care professionals at The Florida Aquarium until his release back to the open ocean on April 21.
Palmer’s second chance was also made possible by our partners at the New England Aquarium, Turtles Fly Too, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
All sea turtle rehabilitation work conducted by The Florida Aquarium is done with the approval of (FWC) under conditions not harmful to marine turtles and authorized under conservation activities pursuant to FWC MTP-22-179.
See the Tagging Process and Release
The Florida Aquarium uses a comprehensive conservation approach that amplifies our expertise, leverages partnerships and maximizes our ability to successfully protect sea turtles and restore their populations. This work cannot be done alone and we are proud to partner with the following agencies and organizations: