Florida Bay Turtles

man in water holding large turtle

FWRI sea turtle researchers been studying loggerhead sea turtles in Florida Bay since 1990. During this time staff have captured 1,215 turtles, with a little over a quarter of these being captured more than once over periods of time ranging up to 20 years. The initial data collected provides information such as the percentages of immature individuals and adults, the percentages of individuals from different nesting rookeries, sex ratio, and health status. The recapture data allows researchers to investigate growth and residency. Researchers have also tracked the movements of loggerheads using satellite telemetry, documenting detailed movements that reveal habitat-use and reproductive behavior. Data collected since 2000 allow researchers to monitor changes in abundance of loggerheads at the study site over time.

View a YouTube video about this project

FWC photo by Michelle Kerr