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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2009-11-21 00:00:00
Release Location: Puerto Lopez, Parque Nacional Machalilla, Ecuador
Last Location: 2010-01-25 12:43:44
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Maria Laura is a female hawksbill measuring 95 cm (CCL), making her the largest hawksbill tagged in the eastern Pacific to date. She was found slowly swimming along the reefs in front of the town of Puerto Lopez during a night monitoring dive by staff from the organization Equilibrio Azul. Not surprisingly, she is the largest hawksbill seen by the researchers who participated in her tagging. María Laura is the fifth hawksbill equipped with satellite tags as part of the ICAPO network, thanks to support from Machalilla National Park and NOAA. Researchers hope María Laura helps understand more about this critically endangered species that utilizes the coast of Ecuador for both nesting and foraging.