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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2010-01-17 00:00:00
Release Location: La Playita, Parque Nacional Machalilla, Ecuador
Last Location: 2010-02-17 21:58:30
This 85 cm female hawksbill came ashore to nest on La Playita beach for her second time when she was encountered. She had a large scar on her carapace, evidence of a serious interaction with a boat, fortunately the wound had completely healed. Tonka is the sixth hawksbill marked in Ecuador in a joint effort by Equilibrio Azul, MAE, CI, NOAA, NFWF and the ICAPO network. The strength of this turtle brings hope to a species that was recently considered all but extinct in the region of the eastern Pacific.