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Pinto - Israel's sea turtle monitoring program

A project of Israel Nature and Parks Authrity.

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Background

Pinto is an adult Loggerhead sea turtle who was found injured and floating in the shallows by a lifeguard in October 2016. Pinto arrived at the rescue center with a critical head injury, probably due to a boat collision. In addition, Pinto's x-ray showed no less than 5 hooks in his intestine. After a slow recovery from the head injury, Pinto finally began eating and swimming freely in his tank, and almost a year after he arrived was deemed ready to return to the sea. It was decided to leave the hooks where they are as they are situated dangerously and don't seem to bother his day to day life.

1. Pinto is named after Pinto the lifeguard who found him and alerted the rescue center.
2. He has the largest amount of hooks we've ever found in one turtle - 5!
3. Pinto is a fast eater! At the center he finished almost two kilos of fish in under two minutes.
4. Pinto has one of the longest tails we've ever seen at the center! Almost 35 cm!



  • The presentation of data here does not constitute publication. All data remain copyright of the project partners. Maps or data on this website may not be used or referenced without the explicit written consent of the data owners.
  • For more information please visit the project website.
  • 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 'Z', 'X' 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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