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WWF Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking in Latin America and the Caribbean

A project of WWF LAC Species Program in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Alexander Scalloped HammerheadSub - Adult2017-12-032017-02-28-278
Anita HawksbillSub - Adult2016-09-242017-09-04345
BEC Scalloped HammerheadSub - Adult2017-12-022017-02-28-277
Caguama Olive RidleyAdult2013-11-022013-12-1442
Celeste Hawksbilljuvenile2013-03-072014-04-09398
Esmeralda HawksbillJuvenile2013-07-262013-09-2662
Johan Scalloped HammerheadSub-Adult2017-12-022017-02-28-277
La Chola HawksbillJuvenile2014-10-032015-02-09129
Luis Scalloped HammerheadSub-Adult2017-12-012017-02-28-276
Maka Green TurtleAdult2014-05-072014-06-0731
Martin Scalloped HammerheadSub - Adult2017-12-012017-02-28-276
María Sofia II HawksbillSub - Adult2017-09-062018-04-24230
Mateo Hawksbilljuvenile2013-03-072014-04-19408
Oliver HawksbillAdult2014-10-162014-12-3075
Utria HawksbillJuvenile2014-10-032015-01-18107

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This World Wildlife Fund (WWF) project is tracking the movements of green / black (Chelonia mydas / Chelonia agassizii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) marine turtles along the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean region.

The knowledge gained from such tracking will enable us to better understand the routes of these species. This will then allow us to improve conservation strategies for the benefit of these ancient travelers.

The first tagging of this project was made in March 2013 within the protected waters of Gorgona Island National Park, located 56 km (44 miles) off Colombia’s Pacific coast. This excursion was led by Dr. Diego Amorocho, WWF Species Program Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, with the help of biologists Alexander Tobón and Juan S. Ayala and documented by Molly Edmonds from WWF-US.

Two juvenile hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata)--“Celeste” and “Mateo”--were captured at La Azufrada reef. They were each fitted with a SPOT5 transmitter attached with an epoxy solution and later released in Playa Blanca reef. Both areas lie within Gorgona National Park.

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Este proyecto de World Wildlife Fund (WWF) monitorea los movimientos de tortugas verde / negra (Chelonia mydas / Chelonia agassizii), laúd (Dermochelys coriacea), golfina (Lepidochelys olivacea), caguama (Caretta caretta) y carey (Eretmochelys imbricata) a lo largo del Océano Pacífico Oriental y la región del Caribe.

El conocimiento obtenido de dicho seguimiento nos permitirá comprender mejor las rutas de estas especies. Esto entonces nos va a servir para mejorar las estrategias de conservación para el beneficio de estos antiguos viajeros.

La instalación de los primeros transmisores satelitales de este proyecto se realizó en marzo de 2013 en las aguas protegidas del Parque Nacional Natural Isla Gorgona, situado a 56 km (44 millas) de la costa del Pacífico de Colombia. Esta excursión fue dirigido por el Dr. Diego Amorocho, Coordinador Regional del Programa de Especies de WWF para Latino America y el Caribe y contó con la ayuda de los biólogos Alexander Tobón y Juan S. Ayala y fue documentado por Molly Edmonds de WWF-US.

Las primeras tortugas marcadas con un transmisor satelital fueron dos juveniles de tortuga carey (Eretmochelys imbricata) llamadas "Celeste" y "Mateo". Estas fueron capturadas en el arrecife de La Azufrada. Cada una de ellas fue equipada con un transmisor SPOT5 unido con una solución de epoxy y posteriormente liberada en otro arrecife llamado Playa Blanca. Ambos tapetes coralinos se encuentran dentro del Parque Nacional Natural Gorgona, Pacífico de Colombia.

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Project Partners

Parques Nacionales de Colombia (DT Pacífico, Parque Nacional Gorgona, Parque Nacional Utria)

Iniciativa Carey del Pacífico Oriental (ICAPO)

Autoridad de los Recursos Acuáticos de Panamá (ARAP)

Fundación Natura - Colombia

Asociación Caguama- Colombia

Fundación Charles Darwin - Galapagos, Ecuador

Latin America Sea Turtles (LAST)

Ministerio de Ambiente de Panamá

Campamento Tortuguero Mayto - Mexico





Project Sponsors

WWF Netherlands and the Postcode Lottery’s Project Oceans

WWF US, WWF SFI and its STAT tracking tool


Gray Family Foundation


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