Sea Turtle Tracking
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has teamed up with aquariums from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to participate in the Sea Turtle Second Chance Program, often referred to as the STSCP. Through this program, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium rehabilitates sea turtles that are injured or stranded. After they are healthy enough to return to the ocean, we release them back into open ocean waters.
Some of the rehabilitated sea turtles have tracking devices attached to their shells. The tracking device is attached with an environmentally safe adhesive. Every time the turtle surfaces to take a breath, the tracking device is charged through solar power, and the device sends out a ping that a satellite picks up and tells us where the turtle is. Now you can watch these sea turtles journey through open ocean too. The following links show maps of where the turtles have travelled:
Hampton (aka “Grumpy”) is a loggerhead sea turtle who was found stranded on a beach in Long Island, New Jersey. He had suffered from cold stunning, and was taken to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in February 2013 to recover. “Grumpy” was released from Hampton Bays Beach on August 10, 2013. You can see where he has travelled here: Hampton's Journey
Carson is a loggerhead sea turtle found on Emerald Isle beach in North Carolina on August 7, 2011. Carson was a lethargic hatchling who hadn’t left the nest, so the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores rescued him. In October 2011 the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium took him in and nursed him back to health. On October 17, 2013, he was released almost 40 miles offshore near the Gulf Stream. Track his journey here: Carson's Journey
Ghostbuster is our star success story from the STSCP as the sea turtle that we have tracked the longest. He was rescued from the pincers of a ghost crab in 2010 and spent the next two years in the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Watch him continue to traverse the open waters of the ocean here: Ghostbuster's Journey
Rooney is a loggerhead sea turtle that was found as a hatchling in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. He was a struggling to leave the nest, so he was taken to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores to help him get better. In November 2012, he came to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for further care. On October 17, 2013, we released him near the Gulf Stream. Like many other STSCP alumni, tracking is not available for Rooney.