Tracking Hawksbills

Characterizing how hawksbills use their habitat is a fundamental aspect of their recovery. We use satellite technology to track locations of the species.

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Beginning in 2008, ICAPO, with the support of NOAA and several other key partners, has equipped hawksbills with satellite tags throughout the eastern Pacific. Transmitters send signals to orbiting satellites, which relay the location on to researchers. We use this information to study habitat use and to gain the following insights for effective management and conservation strategies:

  • Resource use and requirements.
  • Migration pathways.
  • Extent of home ranges (area occupied).
  • Diving behavior.
  • Protected area design.

See each of the individual tracks by clicking on the links below. You can also find peer-reviewed publications based on these tracks on our Scientific Research page.

Turtle Name Country Life Stage Release Date
Luli El Pardito, Baja California Sur, Mexico Adult 2015-06-23
Cristina La Playita, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador Adult 2015-03-02
Mali Isla Coiba, Panama Adult 2014-09-09
Carolina La Playita, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador Adult 2014-02-20
Venecita RN Estero Padre Ramos, Nicaragua Adult 2012-08-21
Jaltemba Rincon de Guayabitos beach, Nayarit, Mexico Juvenile 2012-07-22
Tintalita RN Estero Padre Ramos, Nicaragua Adult 2012-07-21
Elisa Bahia Jiquilisco, El Salvador Adult 2012-07-18
Azulita Bahia Jiquilisco, El Salvador Adult 2012-07-18
Manglita Bahia Jiquilisco, El Salvador Adult 2012-07-18
La Pardita El Pardito, Baja California Sur, Mexico Juvenile 2012-04-02
Rachele La Playita, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador Adult 2012-02-14
Char Isla Pardito, Baja California Sur, Mexico Juvenile 2011-06-14
Delfina La Playita, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador Adult 2011-03-14
Arenita RN Estero Padre Ramos Adult 2010-07-09
Padrito RN Estero Padre Ramos Adult 2010-07-09
Venecia RN Estero Padre Ramos Adult 2010-07-09
Tonka-Coroso La Playita, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador Adult 2010-01-17
Maria Laura Puerto Lopez, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador Adult 2009-11-21
Emy El Maculis, La Union, El Salvador Adult 2009-07-15
Brasilia La Flor, Rivas, Nicaragua Adult 2009-07-01
Karen La Flor, Rivas, Nicaragua Adult 2009-07-01
Esperanza La Playita, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador Adult 2009-02-01
Valdivia Valdivia, Ecuador Juvenile 2009-01-13
Machalilla La Playita, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador Adult 2009-01-13
Sonia La Playita, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador Adult 2009-01-11
Penasquita Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico Adult 2008-10-25
Pajarita Isla Pajarito, Bahia de Jiquilisco, Usulutan, El Salvador Adult 2008-07-11
Isabela Las Isletas, Bahia de Jiquilisco, Usulutan, El Salvador Adult 2008-07-10
Ataco Las Isletas, Bahia de Jiquilisco, Usulutan, El Salvador Adult 2008-07-10
Sadir Playa Quemado, Baja California Sur, Mexico Juvenile 2008-06-24
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