Today marks the one year anniversary of Blair's release. Blair, the Loggerhead Sea turtle was rescued from Blairgowrie beach three years ago and after two years of rehab at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium was fit enough for her release. We caught up with one of her keepers to see what she has been up to since:
Bri Lang (Aquarist at SEA LIFE Melbourne, middle of top picture):
How do you track Blair's location?
Blair has a special satellite tag attached to her shell which allerts us everytime she goes up for air. Check out the picture above, this shows Blair’s current whereabouts. Today marks one year since her release and it is now three years since she was initially rescued. Her last satellite ping was from yesterday (18th Jan 2017) at 8.06am (satellite pings take 24hrs to register).
How far has she travelled so far?
Green dots note satellite pings from the beginning, so you can see where she was released in Mallacoota, Victoria and since then she has headed west, with the dots getting progressively redder showing more current positions. In terms of distance travelled she has covered enough distance to go from Melbourne to New Zealand and back again (but obviously going in the other direction).
Where will she go next?
We can't really predict where she will go next but the battery life of the satellite tracking tag on her back can last up to two years. It can also depend on how fast she grows, as her shell expands with growth her scutes on the back of her shell will shed and there is potential for the tag to fall off but for now she is tracking frequently which is a good sign for us as it shows that she’s surfacing for breath regularly this means we should be able to track her for another year or so. We can't wait to see how far she travels and where she will head to next!
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