Apudthama Ranger flatback tracking project

Qld Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Dataset credit

Data provider
GHD, Xstrata and DERM nesting flatback monitoring
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)


Primary contact Ian Bell Undersea Explorer green turtle tracking project
Data entry Michael Coyne seaturtle.org



Little is known of the inter-nesting and feeding habitat used by flatback turtles nesting on the northern part of Cape York Peninsula. This project is part of a state-wide turtle and dugong awareness program designed to shed light on where the feeding areas are for these turtles.

Apudthama Rangers named their turtles ‘Kiku’ and 'Cecilia'.

Kiku and Cecilia laid their eggs on Jardine River beach at approximately 7.30pm on 12 September 2014. Upon finishing laying they were intercepted by the Apudthama rangers and taken back to camp for satellite transmitter attachment, assessment and sampling.

They were also tagged with both titanium tags and pit tags for future identification and mark recapture analysis. They both appeared to be in good health.

Kiku and Cecilia were successfully released and watched from the beach by Rangers as they swam towards the horizon, hopefully to return again soon to nest or shed light on their migration pathways and feeding areas.



Supplemental information

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Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
prognumProgram number
tag_idPTT ID
lcLocation class
iqQuality indicator
dir1Dir 1
nb_mesNumber of messages received
big_nb_mesdefinition not provided
best_levelBest signal strength in dB
pass_durationPass duration in seconds
nopcNumber Of Plausibility Checks successful (from 0-4)
calcul_freqCalculated frequency
altitudeAltitude used for location calculation
speciesSpecies name
project_idSTAT Project ID
lc_filterParameters to location filtering
speed_filterParameters to speed filtering
distance_filterParameters to distance filtering
topo_filterParameters to topo filtering
time_filterParameters to time filtering
angle_filterParameters to angle filtering
life_stageLife stage of the animal
genderGender of the animal
wetdryWet or dry
wetdry_filterParameters to Wet or dry filterint
obs_datetimeDate and time (local time zone)
timezone_hTime difference from UTC
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles1,378
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2014-09-17
Date, End2015-02-28
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-16.85 - -9.21
Longitude140.86 - 142.88
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 1214)
Traveled (km)3,759
Travel hours5,258
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
Sharing policy Permission required
Shared with SWOT
GBIF (via DOI)*
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