WWF Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking in Latin America and the Caribbean

WWF Latin America and the Caribbean Species Program

Dataset credit

Data provider
WWF LAC Species Tracking Program
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project partner
Parques Nacionales de Colombia (DT Pacífico, Parque Nacional Gorgona, Parque Nacional Utria)
Iniciativa Carey del Pacífico Oriental (ICAPO)
Autoridad de los Recursos Acuáticos de Panamá (ARAP)
Fundación Natura - Colombia
Asociación Caguama- Colombia
Fundación Charles Darwin - Galapagos, Ecuador
Latin America Sea Turtles (LAST)
Ministerio de Ambiente de Panamá
Campamento Tortuguero Mayto - Mexico

Project sponsor or sponsor description
WWF Netherlands and the Postcode Lottery’s Project Oceans
Seaturtle.org and its STAT tracking tool
Gray Family Foundation


Primary contact Diego Amorocho WWF LAC Species Tracking Program
Data entry Michael Coyne seaturtle.org




This World Wildlife Fund (WWF) project is tracking the movements of green / black (Chelonia mydas / Chelonia agassizii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) marine turtles along the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean region.

The knowledge gained from such tracking will enable us to better understand the routes of these species. This will then allow us to improve conservation strategies for the benefit of these ancient travelers.

The first tagging of this project was made in March 2013 within the protected waters of Gorgona Island National Park, located 56 km (44 miles) off Colombia’s Pacific coast. This excursion was led by Dr. Diego Amorocho, WWF Species Program Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, with the help of biologists Alexander Tobón and Juan S. Ayala and documented by Molly Edmonds from WWF-US.

Two juvenile hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata)--“Celeste†and “Mateoâ€--were captured at La Azufrada reef. They were each fitted with a SPOT5 transmitter attached with an epoxy solution and later released in Playa Blanca reef. Both areas lie within Gorgona National Park.

For more information go to: http://worldwildlife.org/stories?species_id=sea-turtle


Este proyecto de World Wildlife Fund (WWF) monitorea los movimientos de tortugas verde / negra (Chelonia mydas / Chelonia agassizii), laúd (Dermochelys coriacea), golfina (Lepidochelys olivacea), caguama (Caretta caretta) y carey (Eretmochelys imbricata) a lo largo del Océano Pacífico Oriental y la región del Caribe.

El conocimiento obtenido de dicho seguimiento nos permitirá comprender mejor las rutas de estas especies. Esto entonces nos va a servir para mejorar las estrategias de conservación para el beneficio de estos antiguos viajeros.

La instalación de los primeros transmisores satelitales de este proyecto se realizó en marzo de 2013 en las aguas protegidas del Parque Nacional Natural Isla Gorgona, situado a 56 km (44 millas) de la costa del Pacífico de Colombia. Esta excursión fue dirigido por el Dr. Diego Amorocho, Coordinador Regional del Programa de Especies de WWF para Latino America y el Caribe y contó con la ayuda de los biólogos Alexander Tobón y Juan S. Ayala y fue documentado por Molly Edmonds de WWF-US.

Las primeras tortugas marcadas con un transmisor satelital fueron dos juveniles de tortuga carey (Eretmochelys imbricata) llamadas Celeste y Mateo. Estas fueron capturadas en el arrecife de La Azufrada. Cada una de ellas fue equipada con un transmisor SPOT5 unido con una solución de epoxy y posteriormente liberada en otro arrecife llamado Playa Blanca. Ambos tapetes coralinos se encuentran dentro del Parque Nacional Natural Gorgona, Pacífico de Colombia.

Mas información sobre tortugas marinas en http://worldwildlife.org/stories?species_id=sea-turtle



Supplemental information

Visit STAT's project page for additional information.




This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
Only minimum required attributes are visible and downloadable online. Other attributes may be obtained upon provider's permission.

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 turtles4,351
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2013-03-07
Date, End2018-04-30
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-1.03 - 10.29
Longitude-91.09 - -77.31
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 1307)
Traveled (km)7,100
Travel hours42,993
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
Sharing policy Permission required
Shared with SWOT
GBIF (via DOI)*
* Aggregated summary
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