Eau-tis, named for Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, is a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle that was found chronic debilitated in the waterway behind a private home in Jupiter. The turtle was admitted to the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center on November 7, 2017.
After 10 months of treatment for anemia, hypoglycemia, and minor surgeries to treat an abscess on the front of the carapace, Eau-tis was cleared for released. With a generous donation from Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, LMC was able to purchase a Wildlife Computers satellite transmitter for Eau-tis. This will allow us to track the turtle’s movements to ensure that the turtle is behaving normally post-rehabilitation and release. Eau-tis was released from the beach in front of Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa on August 14, 2018. Follow this turtle’s journey by clicking on Eau-tis’ photo.
EAU-TIS’S TRACKING STATISTICS
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Transmitter Type: Wildlife Computers Splash10F-344C
Data Collected: GPS location, Water Temperature, and Behavior Information
Expected Lifespan of Tag: 1 Year, depending on battery life
Distance From Juno Beach: 108 miles
Current Water Temperature: 72°F
Nearest City: Melbourne, Florida
Recent Coordinates: Latitude: 28.093 – Longitude: -80.499
Total Distance Traveled: 520 miles
After 84 days of silence from Eau-tis’ tag, we started receiving location information again. Initially it was thought that the antenna was permanently damaged around September 21, 2018 and that no further information would be received from the turtle. However, Eau-tis gave us a holiday treat when the tag started sending information again on December 20, 2018.
Based on diagnostic data from the tag it was determined that there must have been something caught around the antenna that prevented the tag from sending strong signals during that time. We are delighted to be getting updated information from Eau-tis 134 days after the turtle’s release. Eau-tis is currently located near Melbourne, Florida.
Eau-tis began swimming south on September 12th and the turtle is now just off the coast of Melbourne, Florida. Eau-tis is now only approximately 2.5 miles from TFD’s last location!
Eau-tis is still near the Cape Canaveral Inlet. The turtle is making consistent dives to the bottom of the seafloor.
Eau-tis is right near the Cape Canaveral Inlet. This area is a known high traffic area for boats. Unfortunately, boat strikes are one of the top two most common conditions that turtles are treated for at the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center (the other condition being chronic debilitation). Sadly, boat strike turtles that LMC responds to have a 91% mortality rate. In response, LMC has created a Responsible Boater Initiative to help educate the boating community about safe and responsible boating practices.
Eau-tis continues to head north and is now in the Cape Canaveral area. Eau-tis is still close to the shoreline, in just 31 feet of water.
Eau-tis has swam father north and is now just off the coast of Fort Pierce, Florida. The turtle is also a bit father offshore in deeper waters.
Eau-tis has swam north and is now just offshore of Stuart Beach, Florida.
Since being released, Eau-tis swam north and is now right around the Palm Beach Inlet. Although some of the points appear to be on land, this is just a result of the normal error in the satellite readings. Based on the high accuracy points, it appears that Eau-tis is staying very close to the shoreline which is why some of the less accurate points appear to place the turtle on land.
Eau-tis was successfully released from the beach in front of Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.