Eau-phelia is a sub-adult loggerhead turtle that was brought to us by Inwater Research Group who monitors the intake canal of FPL’s St. Lucie Site. The turtle arrived at LMC’s Sea Turtle Hospital on March 2, 2019 underweight and in overall poor health due to chronic debilitation.
Eau-phelia is named for Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. With a name like Eau (pronounced “O” – French for water) and the Atlantic on their door step, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is committed to ocean conservation and has dedicated their support to further LMC’s mission. Thank you Eau Palm Beach for your generous support and providing us the opportunity to track Eau-phelia’s movements post-release by providing funding for the Wildlife Computer’s satellite transmitter that was affixed to Eau-phelia’s carapace (shell) prior to release.
EAU-Phelia’S TRACKING STATISTICS
Release Date: July 2nd, 2019
Transmitter Type: Wildlife Computers Splash 10F
Data Collected: GPS location, Water Temperature, and Behavior Information
Expected Lifespan of Tag: 6 months to a year
Eau-phelia has continued to swim south along the coast and is now located off of Port Salerno, Florida.
Since Eau-phelia’s release, the turtle traveled north via the Gulf Stream. Once the turtle reached the St. Augustine area, the turtle left the Gulf Stream, swimming closer to shore. On July 9, the turtle began swimming south along the coast and is currently off the coast of Titusville, Florida. Note that while some of Eau-phelia’s locations look like the turtle is on land; this is actually just an error in the GPS reading. Rest assured that Eau-phelia is swimming in the big blue.
Eau-phelia, a sub-adult loggerhead turtle, was returned to its ocean home in a private release at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa today.