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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2008-07-10 05:30:00
Release Location: Las Isletas, Bahia de Jiquilisco, Usulutan, El Salvador
Last Location: 2009-09-10 15:54:57
Ataco is an 83 cm (CCL) hawksbill turtle that made history. Not only was she the first ever adult hawksbill equipped with a satellite transmitter in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, but she also happened to be the first wild animal ever tagged in the history of El Salvador! Ataco’s tag was donated by Wally and Sheila Nichols (parents of J) as part of a Sister City Program that encourages cultural exchange between their home town of Fountain Hills, Arizona (USA) and Ataco (El Salvador). The project would not have been possible without the tremendous assistance of the Comité de Desarrollo Empresarial y Medioambiental de Puerto Parada (CODEPA), Fundación Zoológica de El Salvador (FUNZEL), and Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología de la Universidad de El Salvador (ICMARES).