Caribbean Colombian Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking

Sea Turtles and Marine Mammal Conservation Program (ProCTMM)

Dataset credit

Data provider
Sea Turtles and Mammal Conservation Program UTADEO-Colombian Caribbean
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project sponsor or sponsor description
Petrobras and Jorge Tadeo Lozano University are sponsoring this project.


Primary contact Sea Turtles and Marine Mammal Conservation Program (ProCTMM) Sea Turtles and Mammal Conservation Program UTADEO-Colombian Caribbean
Data entry Michael Coyne



The Sea Turtles and Marine Mammals Conservation Program (ProCTMM) from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO) â€" Mundo Marino Aquarium (Museo del Mar Foundation) since 1999 has led investigating these reptiles in the Colombian Caribbean, in two main areas: monitoring nesting activity in the National Park Tayrona (PNNT) and adjacent areas within Santa Marta region (since 1999) and release of neonates in closed systems (since 2004) counting with the support of Petrobras since 2006, developed simultaneously environmental education program, designed to sensitize the community on the critical situation of these populations around the world.

As one of the results of the introduction of 2477 juveniles, between Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Green turtles was obtained from seven (7) introduction events, three (3) reports sighted individuals in perfect health, after its introduction into the environment. The first nine (9) months, in July 2007 in waters surrounding the Rosario Islands, Cartagena - Colombia, the second in 2008 in the area of Pearl Lagoon in Nicaragua intercepted one (1) year after its release, and the third, found in the Mexico Gulf, 70 Km from Pensacola, Southeast Florida, United States,five (5) months since introduction.

The Program is aware of the situation of these ancient animals and the lack of information about their activity in the area, we decided to use Satellite tracking devices supported by the University under the Creative Project Implementation of Satellite Tracking in Sea Turtle because despite the importance of previous reports that suggest two possible migration routes: the first residential (with the use of local currents), and the second International (northwest along the Caribbean Sea), it is evident that existing information is insufficient to confirm the use of it and require decades of continuous labeling for its determination.

For those reasons ProCTMM introduced on 5 December at Bay Gayraca (PNNT), the first Hawksbill Turtle in the Colombian Caribbean with this technology attached to its shell in order to achieve tangible results, which will help to elucidate possible migration routes of these individuals in the area, and identify the possible coupling of juveniles belonging to the Head-start project.



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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 turtles1,728
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2009-12-20
Date, End2018-05-03
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude8.45 - 22.51
Longitude-88.66 - -67.69
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 1293)
Traveled (km)15,262
Travel hours34,469
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
Sharing policy Permission required
Shared with SWOT
GBIF (via DOI)*
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