Turtle Tracking

I found it very encouraging to see young people from the village and surrounding community volunteering their time and energy to participate in beach clean-up projects as well as patrolling the shores to locate nesting sea turtles.

– Kristin Gogal, Summer 2013

Hawksbill Hope, through individual contributions and grant funding will be able to satellite tag four marine sea turtles during the 2011 nesting season in Belize. Mk10-AF tags, costing $5,000 U.S. each, are providing important real-time tracking data for the endangered Hawksbill Turtles. The first tag deployed, by Dr. Rimkus with the help of Gales Point local Kevin Andrewin and Marymount students enrolled in his study aboard marine biology class is currently tracking the Hawksbill turtle affectionately named Hope. To see where Hope is today, visit her link at seaturtle.org.

Each time the turtle surface the tag transmits using the Argos system consisting of data acquisition and relay equipment attached to the NOAA low-orbiting weather satellites and ground-based receivers and data processing systems. The Argos satellite equipment records the transmissions being transmitted from Hope’s tag and later downloads this data back to earth. Service Argos, the organization, which administers the Argos system, then processes this data and determines Hope’s positions. Data and the Argos-calculated locations of Hope are made available via the Internet. Wildlife Computers supplies analysis programs to help decode, format and interpret the Argos-relayed data.

Transmissions from each of Hawksbill Hope Foundation’s deployed satellite tags can be seen here, courtesy of seaturtle.org

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