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HOPE 4 FREYA - Hawksbill Hope & Marymount University

A project of Marymount University & HawksbillHope.

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HOPE 4 FREYA is the first loggerhead sea turtle satellite tagged in Belize. Her migration path and diving behavior will help us understand their use of the Belize Barrier Reef's interconnected ecosystems and those of neighboring countries.


Freya, a subadult loggerhead sea turtle was rescued by Gilbert "Hilly Boo" Lara, from Freedom Fishing Tours, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, while he was enroute to Belize City. Hilly Boo observed birds picking on the sea turtle and noted that she was not able to dive down and escape the attack, so he picked her up and put her in his boat. He contacted Fisheries and Hol Chan contacted ECOMAR who picked up the turtle in Belize City. The turtle's left front flipper was severed and bone and flesh was protruding from the open wound and there were numerous scratches on her shell suggesting that she had recently been attacked by a shark. ECOMAR transported her to the Animal Medical Center where Dr Jayne Crawford stitched up the flipper lost to the shark. Her carapace and plastron were also scratched up as a result of the attack, but were superficial wounds. ECOMAR transported the injured turtle to the St George's Caye Research Station & Field School, which had an team of archaeology students on the island, who named the turtle after the Nordic mythological goddess of love, beauty and destiny. She was kept in a shallow pool upon her arrival and was monitored 24/7. On day 3 Dr Phillip Deshield made a visit to St George's Caye and checked on Freya's recovery and was pleased with her progress. On the morning of her 4th day she ate a dozen small fish and was moved to a deeper container where she demonstrated that she could dive down and stay at depth. A group of students from the New York Film Academy that arrived during Freya's stay is featuring the rehab, release and tagging in a short documentary for their class project, and is also preparing a DIY on applying a satellite tag. Freya is the first loggerhead sea turtle tagged by satellite telemetry in Belize and the data from her migration path will be extremely useful in comparing her species migration to that of the hawksbill, and green sea turtles. It will also us to monitor her migration as she continues to recover back in the sea. There is HOPE for FREYA thank to Hawksbill Hope, Marymount University and Dr Todd Rimkus for his support of sea turtle conservation in Belize.

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  • This map connects positions generated by the ARGOS system designated as location class (lc) '4', '3', '2', '1', '0', 'A', 'B'. Locations that have been "filtered" are displayed as small red dots.
  • This maps also shows locations of class 'A' as small black dots which are not connected by a route line.
  • Bathymetry layers are derived from the GEBCO One Minute Grid.
  • Sea surface temperature and chlorophyll are derived from NASA's Ocean Color data.
  • Ocean currents and sea surface heights are derived from AVISO's Ssalto/Duacs Gridded Absolute Dynamic Topography & absolute geostrophic velocities data.

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