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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2012-07-21 16:40:00
Release Location: RN Estero Padre Ramos, Nicaragua
Last Location: 2012-09-25 14:33:39
Tintalita was the name given by children of the community of Venecia to this adult female hawksbill turtle, which was tagged after nesting two times and laying a total of 286 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 the eastern Pacific. Tintalita's shell measured 85 cm long and 69 cm wide, and she is the sixth hawksbill turtle tagged with a transmitter between 2010 and 2012 with the help from "Project Carey" (hawksbill in Spanish). She was named after the community of El Tintal, which is actively involved in the project. Tintalita was released amongst loud applause during a large public event attended by members of the 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 (USFWS), The William Donner Foundation, Sea World an 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!!!