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Caribbean Colombian Hawksbill Satellite Tracking
Sea Turtles and Marine Mammal Conservation Program (ProCTMM) . 2016. Caribbean Colombian Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd.
Contact: Sea Turtles and Marine Mammal Conservation Program (Utadeo-ProCTMM), more

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Notes: Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted.

The Sea Turtles and Marine Mammals Conservation Program (ProCTMM) from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO) – Museo del Mar Foundation has led for 16 years investigating these reptiles in the Colombian Caribbean, in two main areas: monitoring nesting activity in the National Park Tayrona (PNNT) and adjacent areas within Santa Marta region (since 1999) and release of neonates in closed systems (since 2004) counting with the support of Petrobras since 2006, developed simultaneously environmental education program, designed to sensitize the community on the critical situation of these populations around the world. more

As one of the results of the introduction of 565 youth specimens of Hawksbill and Loggerhead was obtained from seven (7) introduction events, three (3) reports sighted individuals in perfect health, after its introduction into the environment. The first nine (9) months, in July 2007 in waters surrounding the Rosario Islands, Cartagena - Colombia, the second in 2008 in the area of Pearl Lagoon in Nicaragua intercepted one (1) year after its release, and the third, found in the Mexico Gulf, 70 Km from Pensacola, Southeast Florida, United States,five (5) months since introduction. The group is aware of the situation of these ancient animals and the lack of information about their activity in the area, we decided to use Satellite tracking devices supported by the University under the Creative Project Implementation of Satellite Tracking in Sea Turtle because despite the importance of previous reports that suggest two possible migration routes: the first residential (with the use of local currents), and the second International (northwest along the Caribbean Sea), it is evident that existing information is insufficient to confirm the use of it and require decades of continuous labeling for its determination.

For those reasons ProCTM introduced on 5 December at Bay Gayraca (PNNT), the first Hawksbill Turtle in the Colombian Caribbean with this technology attached to its shell in order to achieve tangible results, which will help to elucidate possible migration routes of these individuals in the area, and identify the possible coupling of juveniles belonging to the Head-start project.

Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted.

Biology > Reptiles
Marine, Satellite tracking, ASW, Caribbean, Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766)

Geographical coverage
ASW, Caribbean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
20 December 2009 - 4 September 2015

Taxonomic coverage
Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766) [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Utadeo), moredata provider
Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano; Sea Turtles and Marine Mammal Conservation Program (ProCTMM), moredata creator

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OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-26
Information last updated: 2016-05-31
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