Cayman Islands 2006: Green Turtle

Cayman Islands Department of Environment

Dataset credit

Data provider
Marine Turtle Research Group
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project partner
This project represents a collaborative effort between the Cayman Islands Department of Environment and the Marine Turtle Research Group at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus.

Project sponsor or sponsor description
A satellite transmitter and associated satellite time for Murph were sponsored by the Ritz Carlton Ambassadors of the Environment Program, with additional support from the Turtles in the UK Overseas Territories (TUKOT) project and the Darwin Initiative.


Primary contact Janice Blumenthal Marine Turtle Research Group
Data entry Michael Coyne



Every summer, Caribbean turtles migrate thousands of kilometers to nest in the Cayman Islands. This nesting population may once have been one of the largest in the Atlantic â€" but today, only a handful of turtles have escaped extinction. Where do these mysterious survivors live when they are not nesting? Satellite tracking is the only way to follow the migrations of these endangered sea turtles from nesting beaches in the Cayman Islands to foraging grounds in distant countries. With the help of schools and the local community, the Department of Environment is tracking endangered Cayman turtles across the open ocean to Central America, Mexico, and the Florida Keys. The Cayman turtles travel through the waters of many different nations, and conservation efforts will depend on a clear understanding of their movements.



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 turtles42
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2006-09-09
Date, End2007-02-09
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude19.31 - 19.38
Longitude-81.39 - -81.32
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 936)
Traveled (km)78
Travel hours3,662
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
Sharing policy Permission required
Shared with SWOT
GBIF (via DOI)*
* Aggregated summary
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