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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2009-07-01 04:30:00
Release Location: La Flor, Rivas, Nicaragua
Last Location: 2009-08-16 00:00:00
UPDATE: unfortunately Karen had her satellite tag removed by local egg poachers when she came up to nest. However, we are able to confirm that she is still alive and nesting, and we were also able to recover the tag a few days later. Now the tag needs to be reprogrammed so it can be redeployed.
KAREN is the first hawksbill ever to be equipped with a satellite tag on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. She was encountered on June 30th 2009 near the beach ‘La Flor’, a well known mass nesting olive ridley beach along the country’s southwest coast. Measuring a total of 68 cm, she represents a huge advancement for hawksbill research in the eastern Pacific as she will provide novel movement information for the species in this extremely data deficient region.
This historic event was made possible thanks to Paso Pacifico, the leading grassroots sea turtle conservation organization in southwest Nicaragua, and their dedicated field team. Special thanks also goes out to the Nicaraguan Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA), the Nicaraguan Sea Turtle Network (Red Nica), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the regional ICAPO hawksbill network.