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Flatback Whereabouts Project
Citation a. 2016. Flatback Whereabouts Project. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd.
Contact: Barnett, Adam

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Notes: Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted.

James Cook University, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, WWF-Australia and their partners are working together to solve the mystery of the flatback turtles’ whereabouts in the northern Great Barrier Reef. At Wunjunga Beach, just south of Townsville in Queensland, scientists are continuing their study to identify the migration pathways, diets and critical foraging habitats of this vulnerable turtle. more

In November 2014, four satellite transmitters were attached to nesting flatback turtles originating from Wunjunga Beach. Another six have been deployed during the 2014-2015 nesting season from the same location.

Complementary to the information acquired by satellite tracking, stable isotope collection and analysis of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) will assist us to determine the flatbacks’ diet, if there are one or more foraging grounds, and their migration paths.

Sampling the foraging grounds will also help us to determine flatback habitat type and diet preference.

There are many studies that show how marine turtles are being adversely affected by environmental change. With so little known about the flatback turtle, it is a priority that we identify their key foraging habitats and monitor their presence at nesting beaches, to gauge their responses to a changing environment.

Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted.

Biology > Reptiles
Marine, Satellite tracking, ISEW, Great Barrier Reef, Natator depressa (Garman, 1880)

Geographical coverage
ISEW, Great Barrier Reef [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
5 December 2014 - 20 March 2016

Taxonomic coverage
Natator depressa (Garman, 1880) [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

James Cook University, moredata creator Queensland Government; Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, moredata provider

Related datasets
Published in:
OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-26
Information last updated: 2016-05-31
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