Christmas Sea Turtles

Where is your turtle? Click the View Migration map in your section. The turtle icon is where your turtle was last seen. Click on the “Satellite” button on the map to see the shore and sea floor terrain. Click on the “-” button to zoom out.

What part of the world is your turtle in?

What country is closest to your turtle’s current location?

Whose turtle is the furtherest from where you live?

Whose turtle is the most northern? southern?

Click on the circles on the paths to see the dates the turtle was at that location. Whose turtle has travelled the furthest since it was first tracked?

What can you do to help protect the turtle’s environment?


Stuart’s Sea Turtle: Bean


Bean is an adult female green sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on August 5, 2018 from Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica. She measured 114.6 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and was named by Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tortuguero Research Assistants. She is taking part in the 2018 Tour de Turtles. View migration map.

Last location update: 17 hours
Cumulative distance: 2,210 km / 1,373 miles


Liam’s Sea Turtle: Betsy


Betsy is an adult green turtle released with a satellite transmitter from Guanahacabibes Natural Park, Cuba on July 4, 2018. She measured 102.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length, 91.0 cm in curved carapace width, and deposited 112 eggs into her nest. Betsy is taking part in the 2018 Tour de Turtles and is sponsored by Shark Reef Aquarium. View migration map.

Last location update: 18 hours
Cumulative distance: 1,013 km / 630 miles


Duncan’s Sea Turtle: Bion


An adult female loggerhead sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 29, 2018 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 102.7 cm curved carapace (shell) length and 90.6 cm curved carapace width. Bion (Believe It Or Not) is taking part in the 2018 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Ripley’s Aquariums. View migration map.

Last location update: 19 hours
Cumulative distance: 2,845 km / 1,768 miles


Colin’s Sea Turtle: Bortie


Bortie is an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released on June 19, 2018 with a satellite transmitter after nesting on Coquina Beach. She measured 87.1 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. Bortie is taking part in the 2018 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsors, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Bortell’s Lounge. View migration map.

Last location update: 19 hours
Cumulative distance: 1,653 km / 1,027 miles


Thad’s Sea Turtle: Bowser


Bowser is an adult male loggerhead weighing 85.2 kg and 83.5 cm curved carapace length. Bowser was found floating and swimming sideways around St. John’s Sound, between Honeymoon Island State Park and Fred Howard Park on June 13, 2018. This was most likely due to gastrointestinal gas. He was treated at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and was released on October 18, 2018 with a satellite transmitter. View migration map.

Last location update: 9 hours
Cumulative distance: 543 km / 337 miles


Stephanie’s Sea Turtle: Buckbeak


Buckbeak is a sub-adult hawksbill sea turtle released on December 19, 2018 from Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility.  Buckbeak was found entangled in braided fishing line swimming on a reef near Lantana Beach by local divers on August 8, 2018. Gumbo Limbo Rehabilitation Facility treated Buckbeak for a severe fracture of the humerus bone, lacerations on the front left flipper and neck, and ingested line. After four months of rehabilitation, Buckbeak has completely recovered from all injuries and is ready to return to the ocean. Buckbeak measured 60.7 cm straight carapace length and weighed approximately 60 lbs upon release. View migration map.

Last location update: 16 hours
Cumulative distance: 13 km / 8 miles


Doug and Laura’s Sea Turtle: Caroline


An adult female loggerhead sea turtle to be released with a satellite transmitter on July 30, 2017 from the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. She measured 89.0 cm curved carapace (shell) length and 84.2 cm curved carapace width. Caroline is taking part in the 2017 Tour de Turtles and was named by her sponsor, Carolina Skiff. View migration map.

Last location update: 90 hours
Cumulative distance: 2,363 km / 1,468 miles


Laura and Todd’s Sea Turtle: Certina


Certina is an adult female leatherback sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter from Soropta Beach, Panama on May 28, 2018. She measured 156.7 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 106.2 cm in curved carapace width. She was named by her sponsor, Certina, and is taking part in the 2018 Tour de Turtles. View migration map.

Last location update: 18 hours
Cumulative distance: 6,392 km / 3,972 miles


Scotty and Connie’s Sea Turtle: Coco


A 215 pound adult male loggerhead sea turtle was rescued 9 miles offshore of Marathon in the Florida Bay and taken to the Turtle Hospital on February 27th, 2018. Coco was very thin and covered in barnacles and algae. X-rays revealed a severe intestinal impaction and pneumonia. Treatment included IV nutrition, broad spectrum antibiotics, lactulose, fluids and eventually, when he began eating, a healthy diet of fish and squid. It is a rare opportunity to track an adult male sea turtle. Coco is healthy and ready to go back to sea! We are very interested to see where this big boy goes! View migration map.

Last location update: 19 hours
Cumulative distance: 1,524 km / 947 miles


David and Julia’s Sea Turtle: Colada


Colada is an adult hawksbill sea turtle released on July 15, 2018 with a satellite transmitter. She was encountered nesting on July 14 on Cades Bay Beach, Nevis. She measured 82.7 cm curved carapace (shell) length and 77.9 cm curved carapace width. Colada is taking part in the 2018 Tour de Turtles. View migration map.

Last location update: 8 hours
Cumulative distance: 1,347 km / 837 miles