SPOT tags transmit to the Argos System to provide horizontal tracks. It is our smallest and most cost-effective transmitting tag for studies where horizontal movement is the primary objective.

A wet-dry sensor tells the tag when it is dry and able to transmit to the satellites. Flexible data collection and transmission regimes are controlled by user-settable parameters.

  • SPOT tags, like all tags that transmit to satellites, require your animal to be regularly above the water for the transmission to successfully reach the satellite.
  • We specialize in designing the best shape and antenna orientation for each species to maximize the ability of the tag to sense when it is at the surface. We have configurations optimized for deployment on seals, turtles, large and small cetaceans, sharks and other fishes, penguins and large sea birds.
  • The SPOT tag’s size and weight also make it suitable for other non-marine applications such as instrument recovery.
  • SPOT tags also include a temperature and wet/dry sensor. This supports the transmission of ancillary information on the surfacing behavior and temperature preferences of your study animal.

Below are the general physical specifications of SPOT tags. A full description of the features is available on the downloadable SPOT Product Features (PDF). Visit our Configuration section for the specifications of the various models.

Attachment type ***
Sensors Temperature, Light***
Temperature sensor range -40 to 60°C
Temperature sensor resolution 0.05°C
Temperature sensor accuracy +/- 0.1°C
Light sensor (when installed) 5 x to 5 x
Wet/dry sensor Yes
Dimensions (mm) ***
Weight (g) ***
Pressure rating (m) ***
Operating temperature rating (°C) -20 to 50°C
Recommended storage temperature range (°C) 5 to -20°C
Memory No archive memory
Maximum deployment length ***

*** indicates the specification is dependent upon the configuration model

Data Products that can be transmitted:

  • Tracking Data: Argos
  • Haulout Behavior: %-Dry Timeline
  • Temperature Profiles: Time-at-Temperature Histograms

SPOT6 User Guide
Detailed description of the features of the SPOT6. Includes information on how to use Tag Agent and Tag Portal to setup and deploy SPOT6 tags.

USB-Blue Driver Version: 8.00.50727 15-Jan-2009
Driver for the Wildlife Computers USB-Blue communications cable.

Your favorite SPOT5 shapes are now available as SPOT6 tags. What’s the difference you ask? Convenient online programming, more calendaring options, and an optional recovery feature all from a smaller, more efficient transmitter.

More Transmission Flexibility
Transmission schedules are now highly customizable. New hourly transmission limits and the ability to set infinite independent transmission patterns allow for ultimate flexibility.

Recovery Pinger
SPOT6 tags are equipped with a recovery pinger. The pinger can optionally be enabled to send out low-power, unmodulated “pings” every other second while the tag is at the surface. Tags can then be located using a directional antenna and receiver.

Smaller Transmitter, More Species
Smaller than a penny, the new SPOT6 transmitter opens doors for smaller designs, so a broader range of species can be tracked than ever before!

Moving to richer technology is essential to facilitate scientific advances in our rapidly developing field. With that in mind, Wildlife Computers recognizes that tag changes can impact ongoing studies. Our goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible for you.

For help establishing a Portal account and transferring existing SPOT5 settings into SPOT6 templates, contact

Tag Agent only works on Windows XP or higher.

Tag Agent administers the following tags:

BathyGraph, DSA, mrPAT, PTR, SPOT5, SPOT6, SPOT6-F, MiniPAT

The following are required: By installing Tag Agent, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

General Terms Agreement

This agreement relates to software provided free of charge for the purposes of managing Wildlife Computer tags (“Software”).

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