Jaltemba, the juvenille Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued back in April, was successfully released this past Sunday, July 22 after surgery and months of rehabilitation. Before being released, she was fitted with a satellite transmitter. Jaltemba is the first turtle to receive a transmitter in the state of Nayarit, which will allow researchers to track her behavior and learn more about this endangered species. Hundreds of people gathered on the beach in Rincón de Guayabitos to witness her release. You can track her movements and current location on www.seaturtle.org.
If you missed the original stories about her rescue, treatment and surgery, you can read them here:
Juvenile Hawksbill Turtle Rescued Off Shore in Rincón de Guayabitos
“Jaltemba” the Hawksbill: One Month after Her Rescue
Here are photos of her incredible release…