The Journey of Eliza Ann
We’re here to give you the latest on Waterline’s pride and joy, Eliza Ann the sea turtle. We have had the honor of sponsoring the mother to be in the Tour de Turtles. Our favorite sea turtle has had quite the summer! When the Waterline crew and volunteers from the Sea Turtle Conservancy first tagged Eliza Ann back in June, she laid a nest of eggs and trekked back into the sea. Since then, she was believed to have laid another nest on August 8th. We see a lot of baby sea turtles in Anna Maria Island’s future! When she’s not laying eggs, she spends her spare time traveling the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Let’s see where she’s been.
As we develop our Florida coast lines, it is important to think of who (or what) was there first. The more Anna Maria Island progresses, the greater responsibility we have to learn about how to protect these surfers of the seas.
Enter turtle tracking. While most research is conducted on land, a sea turtle spend 90% of its life in the water. Tracking the turtles with satellites allows scientists to gain important insight on migration patterns, habitat locations and behavior. This invaluable information allows fishing restrictions and proper signage to be placed in order to protect and save the turtles and their habitats. So how does it work? A Platform Terminal Transmitter is cemented to the back of the turtle, which is harmless to its host. The transmitter sends a signal to a satellite each time he or she comes up for air. That satellite then sends that information back down to earth. After about a year the transmitter falls off or will stop working. Check out the details on how the transmitter works here. Follow Eliza Ann’s journey and track her course throughout the Tour de Turtles here!