SPLASH tags are data-archiving tags that transmit to the Argos system. They are used when your study requires both horizontal movement and additional information such as vertical behavior (depth). The entire raw archived data set can be recovered if the tag is physically retrieved.

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.

  • SPLASH tags are generally deployed on any surface-oriented animals such as sea turtles and seals, but they can be attached to any animal that will expose the tag above the surface of the water.
  • The Fastloc® GPS option can be incorporated when high-resolution locations are required or the animal’s behavior is not conducive to Argos location calculations.
  • We provide a variety shapes and configurations for different species and research goals.
  • Data collection and transmission parameters are user-programmable via the Host program.
  • Depth, temperature and other installed sensors are sampled and stored in the archive during the deployment.
  • Data are summarized and compressed for transmission when the animal surfaces.

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

Attachment type ***
Sensors Depth, Temperature, and others ***
Depth sensor range 1700m
Depth sensor resolution 0.5 m
Depth sensor accuracy +/- 1% of reading
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
Length (mm) ***
Diameter (mm) ***
Weight (g) ***
Pressure rating (m) ***
Operating temperature rating (°C) -20 to 50°C
Recommended storage temperature range (°C) 5 to -20°C
Conductivity operational limits 0.1 to 5 S/m
Memory 1 Gigabyte
Maximum deployment length ***

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

Permanent archive of sampled data.

Data Products that can be transmitted:

  • Tracking Data: Argos, Fastloc® (when feature included in configuration)
  • Depth / Temperature Time-Series
  • Diving Behavior: Dive-Duration Histograms, Dive-Max-Depth Histograms, Dive-Profile Log, Time-at-Depth Histograms
  • Haulout Behavior: 20-Minute Timeline, %-Dry Timeline, Dry-Deep-Neither Timeline
  • Temperature Profiles: Profile of Depth and Temp (PDT), Time-Series Temperature, Time-at-Temperature Histograms
  • Stomach Temperature

SPLASH10 User Guide
This “Tag and Host User Guide” is the generic manual for our SPLASH10, TDR10 and Mk10-PAT models of tags. It provides detailed description of the features of this family of tags. Includes instructions on how to use the Mk10Host program to set up and deploy the SPLASH10 tags.

SPLASH10Host (Mk10 Host Program for the SPLASH10) Version: 1.26.2008 17-Jul-2014
Installs the Mk10Host program which is used to communicate with SPLASH10 tags. Mk10Host allows you to set up the SPLASH10’s deployment parameters. It also allows you to download archived data if the tag is recovered.

SPLASH User Guide
Detailed description of the features of non-SPLASH10 models of our SPLASH tags. Includes instructions on how to use the SPLASHHost program to set up and deploy the non-SPLASH10 tags.

SPLASHHost (Host Program for the SPLASH) Version: 1.00.2004 02-Feb-2012
Installs the SPLASHHost program which is used to communicate with pre-SPLASH10 models of our SPLASH tags. SPLASHHost allows you to set up tag’s deployment parameters. It also allows you to download archived data if the tag is recovered.

64-bit USB Driver 18-Dec-2017
Driver for the Wildlife Computers USB-Blue communications cable. A 32-bit version is available on our Download page.

WC-DAP (Wildlife Computers Data Analysis Programs) Version: 3.0.369.0 05-Jan-2016
An integrated suite of programs to decode and visualize tag data downloaded from Argos and recovered tags. Also processes Fastloc® GPS and light-based geolocation data to calculate latitude and longitude estimates.

WC-GPE2 (Wildlife Computers Global Position Estimator) Version: 2.00.0027 11-Apr-2014
Produces light-based geolocation latitude and longitude estimates. Although this program is integrated with WC-DAP it must be installed separately.

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”).

  1. Acceptance of Terms
    • By using the Software of Wildlife Computers in any way, including using, transmitting, downloading or uploading the Software, you agree to these General Terms.
    • You may not use the Software, or accept the General Terms, if (i) you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Wildlife Computers, or (ii) you are prohibited by law from receiving or using the Software, or (iii) you are using it in conjunction with data generated from any other manufacturer’s tags.
  2. Use of Software
    • You agree to not use this Software for any commercial purpose, or to transfer it to anyone who intends to use it for a commercial purpose, without written permission from Wildlife Computers. For the purposes of this section, “commercial purpose” means the use of the software for a fee, charge or other consideration, or directly or indirectly in connection with any business, or other undertaking intended for profit.
    • You agree to adhere to all limitations on dissemination, use and reproduction of any Software that you download, access, or receive from Wildlife Computers, regardless of whether there is any monetary amount paid for the Software.
    • Unless expressly agreed to by Wildlife Computers in writing elsewhere, Wildlife Computers has no obligation to store any materials that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available through your use of the Software. Wildlife Computers has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or accuracy of any materials, including your content, the failure to store, transmit or receive transmission of materials, or the security, privacy, storage or transmission of other communications originating with or involving use of the Software.
    • You agree to use the Software only for purposes that are permitted by the General Terms and any applicable law, regulation, or generally accepted practices or guidelines in any applicable jurisdiction (including any laws regarding the export of data or Software to and from the United States or other applicable countries) ("Law"). These General Terms specifically prohibit use of this Software in analyzing data from tags made by other manufacturers.
    • You agree not to access or attempt to access the Software by any means other than the interface provided by Wildlife Computers.
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    • The Software may be protected by copyright, trademark, trade dress, patent, trade secret, unfair competition, and/or other intellectual and proprietary rights (the "Intellectual Property Rights"). Except as expressly provided in the General Terms, Wildlife Computers does not grant any express or implied right to use the Software.
  4. Use of Software
    • Any Software that is made available is the property of Wildlife Computers. You shall not use, download or install any Software unless you agree to the terms of this agreement.
  5. User Conduct
    • You agree that you, not Wildlife Computers, are entirely responsible for all of your data that you compile, upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available to others including the public, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted. You assume all risks associated with use of your data, including any reliance on its accuracy, completeness or usefulness.
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