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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2012-07-18 00:00:00
Release Location: Bahia Jiquilisco, El Salvador
Last Location: 2013-03-23 19:26:14
On 18 July 2012, exactly 4 years after the historic tracking of the first 3 adult hawksbills in the eastern Pacific, all eyes are once again on the Bahia de Jiquilisco in El Salvador as the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and local partners set out to tag 3 more adult females of this extremely endangered population of sea turtles.
Amidst the flashing cameras and rolling videos of the local media, Lina Pohl - Viceminister of the Ministry of the Environment (MARN) - named the first hawksbill of the trifecta "Elisa" (NL144) as she scrambled with her newly attached transmitter toward the waters in front of the community La Pirraya. Measuring an incredible 94 cm in length, Elisa is the largest hawksbill to be tracked in the region. Information gained from Elisa's movements will help researchers, local communities, and policy makers identify and protect critical marine habitat used by hawksbills in the eastern Pacific.
This tracking initiative would not have been possible without the generous support of NOAA and the participation of the following groups: ICAPO, Ayuda en Accion, Asociacion Mangle, CODEPA, ViVAZUL, MARN, Fauna & Flora International, and the local communities of La Pirraya, El Cojoyon, Pajarito, Punta San Juan, San Sebastian and El Tular.