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‘Pepper’ Phones Home

November 9, 2021

Another unexpected event for the sea turtle team this week was the return of a signal on one of our satellite-tagged turtles! Pepper is a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) that was outfitted with a satellite telemetry tag in July 2020. She was one of three loggerheads satellite-tagged last season, but her tag stopped transmitting in April. After 209 days offline, SCCF was thrilled to begin receiving her signal again. Pepper is currently located off the coast of Cuba, very close to the location where the transmissions stopped. With a shell length of 42 inches, she is tied with a turtle named “Nutmeg” as the largest nesting turtles observed on Sanibel. You can track Pepper, along with “Junonia” (tagged by SCCF in 2020) at


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