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If you would like to help develop the satellite tracking teaching resources please contact tracking@seaturtle.org.

The SEATURTLE.ORG Satellite Tracking Program provides a unique opportunity to engage students in a fun and exciting way. Satellite tracking can be used to develop lesson plans covering a number of subject areas, including biology, math, geography and even politics. Below is a list of suggested exercises divided by subject area. New exercises will be added to the list as they are developed.

Print and reproduce these maps for tracking and geography exercises.

- Aleutian Islands (109 K PDF)
- Borneo to Papua New Guinea (154 K PDF)
- Brazil (91 K PDF)
- Caribbean (82 K PDF)
- Eastern Tropical Pacific (224 K PDF)
- Equatorial Atlantic (142 K PDF)
- Gulf of Mexico (132 K PDF)
- Indian Ocean (152 K PDF)
- Mediterranean (229 K PDF)
- Northern Australia (124 K PDF)
- Pribilof Islands (119 K PDF)
- South Australia (254 K PDF)
- Gulf Saint Vincent (265 K PDF)

- South Atlantic (276 K PDF)
- US Atlantic (146 K PDF)
- West Africa (77 K PDF)
- Western US (93 K PDF)

**Tracking Data**

Access to these data are restricted to registered users and are intended for classroom use ONLY. If you would like access to data on this site:

- Create a seaturtle.org account if you have not done so already.
- Send a message to tracking@seaturtle.org requesting access to tracking data. Please include your name, educational institution, and position.
- Please indicate whether you would like to participate in developing the teaching resources available on this site.

**Biology**

- Species Identification
- Compare your weight to that of a turtle
- Guess where the turtles are heading
- Why is the turtle traveling along her current path? What environmental factors might influence the track?
- Describe the movements of the turtle. By looking at her movements, can you tell if she is migrating, nesting, or feeding?

**Conservation**

- Make a list of threats to sea turtles
- Prepare a report on your favorite species

**Earth Science**

- Navigation - plot turtle locations
- Use the map scale to estimate the total distance the turtle has traveled? What is the average daily distance she has traveled? What has her average daily speed (mph) been?
- Do you see points on your tracking map which seem suspicious? Which ones, and how do you explain them?

**Geography**

- Ask students to label all of the countries or states on the tracking map.
- Ask students to label all of the territorial or state waters that a turtle passes through.

**Mathematics**

- How many miles did the trip cover?
- What was the average speed from fix to fix and for the entire trip?
- What was the heading (compass direction) on each leg of the trip?
- Calculate total distance traveled, straight line distance, average daily distance, average daily speed.
- Compare average speed near nesting beach, during migration, and on foraging ground. Can you use speed to tell if she was migrating, nesting or foraging?
- Compare depths, where were most locations recorded?
- Use algebra to calculate distance between each point.
- Discuss "great circle" and try using trig to calculate more accurate distances, or use one of the many distance calculators available on the web. Does the algebra method give greater or smaller distances than the trig method?