Tracking Sea Turtles

Welcome to the Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking Education Program. This program is being provided as a free educational service of the non-profit Sea Turtle Conservancy. Through this section of our website, you can view regularly updated maps showing the migratory movements of endangered sea turtles being tracked by satellite. It is hoped that by providing this unique look at the migratory habits of sea turtles, you will also be compelled to learn more about sea turtle biology, the threats they face and the ways in which you can help protect marine turtles.


Active Sea Turtles

A list of active sea turtles currently being tracked.


Full List of Sea Turtles

A list of sea turtles whose transmitters are no longer sending signals.


Tracking Projects

List of sea turtle tracking projects whoes turtles are being tracked in STC's educational program.


How It Works

Satellite telemetry has advanced to the stage of allowing researchers to track sea turtles in the open ocean.


Anyone can participate in this education program, but for teachers wishing to incorporate this program into classroom activities, we are offering a free, downloadable, Educator's Guide. The Guide provides a great deal of useful background information about sea turtles; tips on how to make the best use the program; and interesting classroom activities that are targeted to different education levels and incorporate math, biology, geography and art.

As a way to show your support for sea turtle research and conservation, and as away to take a personal interest in an endangered sea turtle, we invite you to Make a Donation and Adopt either a satellite-tagged turtle or one of the many green turtles tagged after nesting at Tortuguero, Costa Rica. A number of people or school classes will likely adopt each of the four satellite-tagged turtles, whose names have already been given. If you want to be the sole adoptive parent of a sea turtle, you can choose a Tortuguero turtle and name the turtle yourself. Adopt-A-Turtle also makes a great gift!

Through the educational components of this web page, you can learn all about the different species of sea turtles; their feeding, mating and nesting behavior; the threats they face and the steps being taken to protect them. You can also discover the global importance of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge as a sea turtle nesting beach, the role of Coastal Habitats or you can learn about Archie Carr, the remarkable scientist and author for whom the refuge is named. The more you see, the more you will learn about what we think are the most remarkable creatures on earth -- sea turtles.