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Featured Article: Long-term satellite tag attachment on leatherback sea turtles

Attachment methods for satellite tags deployed on marine animals must optimize data collection and minimize potential adverse effects on the animal. In leatherback sea turtles early tracking work focused on non-invasive methods, which have now largely been replaced by direct attachment of tags. This study represents the first long-term assessment of satellite tag retention, recovery and attachment site condition for leatherback sea turtles.


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Animal Biotelemetry is an open access peer-reviewed journal that publishes the results of studies utilizing telemetric techniques (including biologgers) to understand physiological, behavioural, and ecological mechanisms in a broad range of environments (e.g. terrestrial, freshwater and marine) and taxa. The journal also welcomes descriptions and validations of newly developed tagging techniques and tracking technologies, as well as methods for analyzing telemetric data.


A. Peter Klimley is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology of the University of California, Davis and Director of the Biotelemetry Laboratory. A major objective of Dr Klimley's Biotelemetry Laboratory is to disseminate innovative remote sensing technology among scientists on an international level.

He was involved in the development of the first automated tag-detecting monitors and was the first to deploy them in the marine environment to ascertain the degree of residency of hammerhead sharks at a seamount and their emigration in response to local upwelling.

Dr Klimley's research activities have earned him the name 'Dr Hammerhead', as he is known to have held his breath while diving 100 feet deep in order to hand-tag hammerhead sharks with a dart gun.

Animal Biotelemetry is proud to present the Proceedings of the 6th International Bio-Logging Science Symposium, in conjunction with Movement Ecology. A collection of scientific articles that were presented at the 6th International Bio-logging Science (BLS) Symposium, held in Konstanz in September 2017. BLS symposia foster scientists that work with data-recording devices embarked onto freely living animals, including human, to record biological activity of the carrier and/or the physical parameters of its immediate surroundings.


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