A project of Pendoley Environmental Pty Ltd.
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Species: Flatback Turtle
Life Stage: adult
Release Date: 2011-11-21 19:35:00
Release Location: Barrow Island
Last Location: 2012-05-17 08:52:37
Mermaid Marine Australia Ltd
This turtle was released from Barrow Island. She is one of over 80 flatback turtle tracked by the West Australian Satellite Tracking Project. This is the sixth consecutive year that flatback turtles are being satellite tracked from Barrow Island, Western Australia. This tracking program forms one component of a larger marine turtle research and monitoring program that is being sponsored by Chevron Australian Gorgon project. The program is being carried out by marine turtle biologists from Pendoley Environmental who are also managing a flatback turtle flipper tagging program and a flatback turtle nest success program on Barrow Island and at a reference site on Mundabullanagana station on the mainland.
The satellite tracking results will allow researchers to investigate where the female flatback turtles go between nesting events both within a season and between seasons, what migratory corridors they use when returning to remote foraging grounds and will show us where those foraging grounds are.