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The project entitled Study of the Biology of Sea Turtles in Brazil of through Satellite Telemetry is part of the larger research program entitled Priority Research Studies on the Biology of the Sea Turtles, developed by Project TAMAR-IBAMA with the support of the Petrobras/Cenpes (Petrobras Research Center). The objective of this project is to use satellite telemetry to study and analyze the at-sea movements of female turtles, both during and following the nesting season, for the most threatened species that occur along the Brazilian coast (Caretta caretta, Dermochelys coriacea, Eretmochelys imbricata and Lepdochelys olivacea). The project will involve the deployment of 40 satellite tags: 15 on hawksbill turtles, 5 on leatherback turtles, 10 on loggerhead turtles and 10 on olive ridley turtles. more

The project officially began on February 02nd, 2005 when 15 satellite tags (KiwiSat 101 from Sirtrack Limited) were attached to the carapaces of hawksbill turtles that had just finished nesting on beaches along the northern coast of Bahia, Brazil. In continuity to this Study, 03 transmitters KiwiSat 101(with capacity to work for up to 450 days) were installed in females of the species Dermochelys coriacea (leatherback sea turtle) in Espirito Santo, only reproductive area of this species in the Brazilian coast. The last species that received transmitters was the Caretta caretta (loggerhead sea turtle), in the coast of Bahia, and Lepidochelys olivacea (olive ridley sea turtle), in the north coast of Sergipe, in the February of 2006. For further information on Projeto Tamar-Ibama history, sea turtle biology and the Satellite Telemetry Program, with updated maps on recent and past studies, visit our webpage,, and learn more about the conservation of sea turtles in Brazil.

Supplemental information: Visit STAT's project page for additional information. This dataset is a summarized representation of the telemetry locations aggregated per species per 1-degree cell.

Biology > Reptiles
Marine/Coastal, AS, South Atlantic, Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758), Dermochelys coriacea (Vandelli, 1761), Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766), Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz, 1829)

Geographical coverage
AS, South Atlantic [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
5 February 2005 - 11 September 2009

Taxonomic coverage
Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Dermochelys coriacea (Vandelli, 1761) [WoRMS]
Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766) [WoRMS]
Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz, 1829) [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Duke University; Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; Marine Laboratory, more
Projecto TAMAR, moredata creator

Related datasets
Published in:
OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Based on this dataset
Coyne, M.S.; Godley, B.J. (2005). Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT): an integrated system for archiving, analyzing and mapping animal tracking data. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 301: 1-7, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-24
Information last updated: 2015-03-24
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