Conserving sea turtles requires knowledge of their home ranges, foraging grounds, nesting migrations etc. Satellite telemetry allows researchers to study the movement of turtles without affecting their natural behaviour. Information on the turtle’s location, depth and water temperature at a particular location can be transmitted to satellites and then retrieved for analyses.
On 23 April, 2013, a green sea turtle, “Pebbles” measuring 60.8 cm straight carapace length was captured during the Glover’s Reef Atoll Sea Turtle In-water Surveys (see Sea Turtle In-water Surveys). A small satellite transmitter was attached to the turtle’s carapace (shell) using epoxy. The turtle was released that same day at the location where it was captured. The movement of the turtle can be seen on the map below.