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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2012-08-21 16:40:00
Release Location: Estero Padre Ramos, Nicaragua
Last Location: 2012-09-05 20:50:42
Dwayne L Thompson
Venecita was the name given by children of the community of Venecia to this adult female hawksbill turtle, which was tagged after nesting five times this season and laying a total of 950 eggs! These eggs are being protected in a hatchery at the Estero Padre Ramos Natural Reserve, one of the two major hawksbill nesting sites in Eastern Pacific. Venecita's shell measured 92 cm long and 78 cm wide, and she is the fifth hawksbill turtle tagged with a satellite tag between 2010 and 2012 with the help from "Project Carey (hawksbill in Spanish)", which is run by the local Committee in Estero Padre Ramos. The turtle was released amongst loud applause during a large public event attended by members of several local communities. This effort would not have been possible without the hard work by the Hawksbill Committee from the Estero Padre Ramos Natural Reserve (www.tortugasnicas.org), Fauna and Flora International, the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), US Fish and Wildlife Service, The William Donner Foundation, Sea World and Busch Gardens CF, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Nicaragua (MARENA) and the Municipality of El Viejo.
Lets cheer for this turtle in the hawksbill Cup 2012 at www.hawksbill.org!!!