Sea Turtle Information

The Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), also known as the Pacific Ridley, is one of the smallest species of sea turtle. It is named for the olive color of its heart-shaped shell.

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Shadowdancer
Shadow Species: Lepidochelys olivacea

Life Stage: adult
Gender: female
Release Date: August 5, 2008
Release Location: Campamente La Gloria, MX
Last Location:
Satellite Tag #: 86301
Flipper Tag #: VA378

Shadowdancer was the first sea turtle tagged for the 2008 Project Migration nesting season. She was tagged quickly during her false crawl on August 5th and greeted by many happy scientists again when she returned to lay her eggs 3 days later on August 8th. Shadowdancer was sponsored and is named by students at Wooster School in Danbury, CT.

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Buttercup
Buttercup Species: Lepidochelys olivacea

Life Stage: adult
Gender: female
Release Date: August 5, 2008
Release Location: Campamente La Gloria, MX
Last Location:
Satellite Tag #: 86303
Flipper Tag #: VA398

Buttercup's satellite tags will give scientists valuable information on her position and diving behavior in the Pacific. She is also sponsored by students at Wooster School in Danbury, CT who will be following her migration and behaviors during a unique year long project in their classroom.

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Gloria
Gloria Species: Lepidochelys olivacea

Life Stage: adult
Gender: female
Release Date: August 6, 2008
Release Location: Campamente La Gloria, MX
Last Location:
Satellite Tag #: 62154
Flipper Tag #: VA381

"Gloria" was named by Greenwich Middle School Spanish teacher Dilenia Gonzalez after Campamente La Gloria. The common name for Lepidochelys olivacea in Spanish is tortuga golfina. Gloria's satellite tag is sponsored by Crane Co., Stamford, CT.

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Esperanza
Esperanza Species: Lepidochelys olivacea

Life Stage: adult
Gender: female
Release Date: August 6, 2008
Release Location: Campamente La Gloria, MX
Last Location:
Satellite Tag #: 86306
Flipper Tag #: VA383

Esperanza was found nesting at about 12:00 am and quickly vanished into the surf after she was equipped with a satellite tag that will give researchers information on her position and diving behavior. She is sponsored by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. and was named by Antonio Trejo, Director, La Gloria Camp, University of Guadalajara.

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Carmen
Esperanza Species: Lepidochelys olivacea

Life Stage: adult
Gender: female
Release Date:
Release Location: Campamente La Gloria, MX
Last Location:
Satellite Tag #: 86302
Flipper Tag #: VA395

Carmen arrived on her natal beach. She has a curved carapace length of 63cm. Carmen was named by Ildefonso Enciso, Researcher, Department of Ecology, University of Guadalajara. She is sponsored by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.

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