Rhody Hope de MAJIL
A project of Marymount University & HawksbillHope.
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Life Stage: adult
Release Date: 2017-01-17 04:03:06
Release Location: St George's Caye
Last Location: 2017-04-11 23:11:22
Rhody Hope is the first loggerhead tagged in a new collaborative study between the Belize Fisheries Department, Marymount University, Hawksbill Hope, Ecomar and other members of the Belize Sea Turtle Conservation Network. The study aims to identify migration patterns of loggerhead sea turtles that forage on discarded lobster and conch shells and guts disposed of by fishermen when they clean their daily catch. Rhody was found by a team of local fishermen working with ECOMAR during student research surveys with a group from the University of Rhode Island while staying at ECOMAR's Research Station & Field School at St George's Caye. RHODY was named after people from Rhode Island, she takes her middle name from Hawksbill HOPE, and her last name MAJIL, after Belize's Isaias Majil, a great man who departed the day after we tagged and released this turtle, and who was instrumental in launching this program.