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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2010-07-09 00:00:00
Release Location: RN Estero Padre Ramos
Last Location: 2010-07-30 12:52:21
VENECIA was the name given to the adult female hawksbill turtle that was capture don 9 July 2010 in the waters of the Estero Padre Ramos Natural Reserve in Nicaragua. She was caught and released by the monitoring team from Project Carey (hawksbill in Spanish) being run by the local fishing cooperative COJIZOPA (Cooperativa Multisectorial Jiquilillo, Los Zorros y Padre Ramos). Venecia measured 79 cm (LCC) and was one of several hawksbills outfitted with satellite tags in order to learn more about their movements in the this region of the eastern Pacific.
Venecia is also the name of the area of the reserve that receives the most hawksbill nesting and this hawksbill was named in honor of that beach community. She was released amongst loud applause during a large public event attended by members of the local communities: Venecia, Los Zorros and Padre Ramos. This effort would not have been possible without the hard work by the Hawksbill Project staff from the Estero Padre Ramos Natural Reserve, members of the local communities, Fauna and Flora International, the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO), the National OCeanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), The William Donner Foundation and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Nicaragua (MARENA).
Members of the Hawksbill Project had the privilege of seeing Venecia a second time on 15 July 2010 when she came ashore to nest with the satellite tag intact, during which time she laid a total of 102 eggs. The nest is being protected and monitored in the project hatchery.