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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2012-07-18 00:00:00
Release Location: Bahia Jiquilisco, El Salvador
Last Location: 2012-11-07 23:40:44
On 18 July 2012, exactly 4 years after the historic tracking of the first 3 adult hawksbills in the eastern Pacific, all eyes are once again on the Bahia de Jiquilisco in El Salvador as the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and local partners set out to tag 3 more adult females of this extremely endangered population of sea turtles.
Named after the vast blue ocean, "Azulita" (NL182; NL183) was released with her transmitter amongst a group of over 200 community members from throughout the Bahia de Jiquilisco during the annual Hawksbill Festival. As Azulita touched the waters in front of the community La Pirraya, the crowd erupted into cheers and chanted the motto of the Hawksbill Regional Cup (www.hawksbill.org), "We're a team!" Information gained from Azulita's movements will help researchers, local communities, and policy makers identify and protect critical marine habitat used by hawksbills in the eastern Pacific.
This tracking initiative would not have been possible without the generous support of NOAA and the participation of the following groups: ICAPO, Ayuda en Accion, Asociacion Mangle, CODEPA, ViVAZUL, MARN, Fauna & Flora International, and the local communities of La Pirraya, El Cojoyon, Pajarito, Punta San Juan, San Sebastian and El Tular.