In 2002 ARCHELON initiated its first telemetry
project. This was part of an EU co-funded LIFE-Nature project
held by ETANAM, the management agency of Amvrakikos Bay.
Two forms of telemetry were employed; remote
sensing, using Argos satellites and transmitters (Platform
terminal transmitters' PTTs), and manual tracking involving
identifying the turtles' position using radio receivers whilst
in the vicinity of the turtle.
The PTTs send signals that are received by circumpolar
orbiting Argos satellites. The satellites convert the messages
into location fixes and store any extra data transmitted
by the PTTs. This information is now automatically collected
and managed by STAT, a free utility of seaturtle.org.
Under the current LIFE project ARCHELON are
investigating the effectiveness of our rehabilitation actions
by tracking the movements and behaviour of rehabilitated
turtles and comparing their results with healthy turtles
from nesting beaches and Amvrakikos Bay.
You can see the turtles' movements together
with more details each individual animal by visiting the
ARCHELON project site on seaturtle.org.
Through this site you can also adopt-a-turtle,
which will help raise money for ARCHELON's conservation activities
and also get the adopters name on the web-site.
Project map showing outline routes of turtles
tracked under the current LIFE Project ?Reducing mortality
of Caretta caretta in Greek seas".