Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program

Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program

Dataset credit

Data provider
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project partner
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and work in partnership to promote the conservation of marine life and our marine environment. Sea turtles rehabilitated, tagged with satellite transmitters, and released into the Atlantic Ocean by the Virginia Aquarium are tracked on provides the satellite tracking service for the Virginia Aquarium. accepts donations, including turtle adoptions, to help fund the satellite tracking service. The Virginia Aquarium accepts donations to provide response, rehabilitation, and care for stranded sea turtles and marine mammals, and to conduct research related to sea turtles and marine mammals (
Project sponsor or sponsor description
This program is supported by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation and would not be possible without assistance from Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality and NOAA Fisheries Service.


Primary contact Gwen Lockhart Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic
Data entry Michael Coyne



The mission of the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program (VAQS) is to promote the conservation of marine animal species through response, research, rehabilitation and education.
The VAQS is largely a volunteer-based group (the Stranding Team) operating from a Stranding Center located in Virginia Beach. Stranding Team personnel are permitted by state and federal authorities to respond to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings. The Stranding Response Program is supported by the donations of goods and services from the community and grant-making organizations.
To report a dead or live stranded marine mammal or sea turtle in Virginia, call the VAQS hotline at 757-437-6159.



Supplemental information

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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 turtles23,685
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2007-10-20
Date, End2018-04-03
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude21.58 - 49.54
Longitude-102.59 - -28.05
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 412)
Traveled (km)115,402
Travel hours97,832
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
Sharing policy Permission required
Shared with SWOT
GBIF (via DOI)*
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