“Jaltemba,” the juvenile Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued in April 2012, made her way back to the Bay of Jaltemba and Rincón de Guayabitos this past Thursday, September 12, 2013. A fisherman happened to catch Jaltemba in his net just off Isla Coral. He immediately noticed the tracking device and contacted Vicente Peña from Red Tortuguera A.C., a local organization that monitors and assists endangered sea turtles.

Jaltemba was transported to the turtle sanctuary near Boca de Naranjo, where she is being fed and cared for until her satellite transmitter can be repaired. Since her initial release in July 2012, Jaltemba has grown considerably and has travelled approximately 153 km. Vicente expects to be able to reattach the transmitter and re-release her back into the ocean in approximately 3-4 weeks.

Editor’s Note: Jaltemba was the first turtle to receive a satellite transmitter in the state of Nayarit. This device allowed researchers to track her behavior and learn more about this critically endangered species. Hundreds of people gathered on the beach in Rincón de Guayabitos to witness her release. Read more about Jaltemba’s rescue story below.

A second Hawksbill turtle recently rescued in our area is also being fitted with a radio transmitter. “Nayar” will be released today, Sunday, September 14 at 6pm Central Time from the beach in Litubu, Punta de Mita. She is a little smaller than Jaltemba, and like the other turtles at the sanctuary, she enjoys her diet of fresh shrimp.

Nayar during feeding time.

A partial view of the turtle nests at the sanctuary in Boca de Naranjo.

Contact Vicente Peña via Los Grupos Ecologistas de Nayarit to learn more about the organization, make a donation or if you are interested in volunteering or visiting the sanctuary.

Stay tuned for more information about Jaltemba’s upcoming release!

If you missed the original stories about Jaltemba’s 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
“Jaltemba” the Hawksbill is Released in Guayabitos

by David Thompson

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