PAMELA UPDATE – BIG NEWS! By Dean Bagley
PAMELA UPDATE – BIG NEWS!
By Dean Bagley
Modified by Becky Aud
The big news is that Pamela has laid her 6th an final nest of the season and has left the refuge!
Early on Monday morning, August 20th, Pamela was at the Aquarina Complex about 3:30am. We found her and was able to mark her 6thand final nest. She was still hanging out on Monday afternoon, so I decided to track her Monday night. Pamela traveled to Sebastian Inlet State Park and then left Brevard County around 3:30am headed south.
Pamela has traveled a distance of 28 miles (see attached map). The long distances between locations means that she’s not staying at the surface for very long. She comes up for a very quick breath and keeps on going. The locations marked on the map are likely where she finally stopped to rest for a few minutes.
Also attached below are photos of her GPS transmitter. The first photo is of her transmitter on June 15th when she was released. The second photo shows her transmitter after two months. Because we don’t have any structures off our beach, I’m assuming that the wear and tear is from mating. (notice the recent mating scar from the deployment picture.)
One last piece of news – Pamela’s second nest emerged on Tuesday, August 21st. Stay tuned to find out about Pamela’s journey south!
|Map of Pamela’s travels from June 15th thru August 22nd, 2018|
|Pamela’s GPS transmitter on June 15, 2018.|
|Pamela’s GPS transmitter on August 22, 2018.|