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Tica - Iniciativa Carey del Pacifico Oriental - ICAPO - Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative

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Tica's route from Machalilla National Park, Ecuador


Tica is the first neonate-juvenile (one year old) hawksbill sea turtle to be equipped with a satellite transmitter in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. She (or He?) was released after being grown in the Machalilla National Park Rescue Center in Ecuador. With a lenght (CCL) of 19.1cm, Tica is part of a project that seeks to solve a long time mystery for science: the lost years of sea turtles. Where do they go when they emerge from their nests? This is a joint project between Equilibrio Azul, the Machalilla National Park and it's Rescue Center, ICAPO, The Lost Years Fund and NOAA.

Tica es la primera tortuga carey neonato, de un año de edad, que ha sido equipada con un transmisor satelital en el Océano Pacífico Oriental. Ella (o Él?) fue liberada después de ser criado en el Centro de Rescate del Parque Nacional Machalilla en Ecuador con un LCC de 19.1cm y es parte de un proyecto que busca resolver uno de los grandes misterios de la ciencia: los años perdidos de las tortugas marinas. A dónde van cuando salen de sus nidos y entran al mar? Este es un proyecto conjunto entre Equilibrio Azul, el Parque Nacional Machalilla y su Centro de Rescate, ICAPO, el Lost Years Fund y la NOAA.

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