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WWF Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking in Latin America and the Caribbean
Amorocho D. 2016. WWF Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking in Latin America and the Caribbean. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd.

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This World Wildlife Fund (WWF) project is tracking the movements of green / black (Chelonia mydas / Chelonia agassizii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) marine turtles along the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean region. more

The knowledge gained from such tracking will enable us to better understand the routes of these species. This will then allow us to improve conservation strategies for the benefit of these ancient travelers.

The first tagging of this project was made in March 2013 within the protected waters of Gorgona Island National Park, located 56 km (44 miles) off Colombia’s Pacific coast. This excursion was led by Dr. Diego Amorocho, WWF Species Program Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, with the help of biologists Alexander Tobón and Juan S. Ayala and documented by Molly Edmonds from WWF-US.

Two juvenile hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata)--“Celeste” and “Mateo”--were captured at La Azufrada reef. They were each fitted with a SPOT5 transmitter attached with an epoxy solution and later released in Playa Blanca reef. Both areas lie within Gorgona National Park.

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Biology > Reptiles
Marine, Conservation, Movements, Satellite tracking, ASW, Caribbean, IE, East Pacific, Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758), Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766), Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz, 1829)

Geographical coverage
ASW, Caribbean [Marine Regions]
IE, East Pacific [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
7 March 2013 - 8 February 2015

Taxonomic coverage
Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766) [WoRMS]
Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz, 1829) [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

World Wide Fund for Nature; Marine Turtle Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), moredata creator

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

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-26
Information last updated: 2016-06-03
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