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released cofete 2018 north recently martina turtle reached america

Turtle Martina, released in Cofete in 2018 recently reached North America
The Martina turtle - released in March 2018 on the beach of Cofete (Pájara) along with four other specimens of Caretta caretta with satellite transmitters attached to their shells - has surprised researchers, since in less than a year has been able of crossing the Atlantic from the Canary Islands until reaching the end of 2018 the waters of the American continent.

Martina is a female of her species, currently in the youth development phase, which was born on November 2, 2010 from eggs brought from the archipelago of Cape Verde, incubated on the beach of Cofete and after the spawning nursed in the nursery of turtles of Morro Jable; when the young Martina was released in Cofete, now a year ago, she had a weight of about 45.1 kilograms, as well as a carapace curve length of 73.2 centimetres.

After her release, Martina only spent the first two months inspecting waters of the Canary Islands, specifically in the vicinity of the coasts of Gran Canaria , La Gomera and El Hierro, until finally deciding to continue moving westward over deep water and reach the coast of the United States .

With respect to the other four turtles, they have followed different trajectories and at least two have lost track. For example, in July 2018 , the transmitter of the NT turtle began issuing from a single point on the coast of Morocco , perhaps due to the death of the specimen or to the fact that the device had been removed, so that its tracing. The turtle Oasis Dream advanced first in a southerly direction along the African coast and then in a northerly direction until it entered the Mediterranean Sea, passing the coasts of Granada and Almeria , where it was sighted by divers; however, no Oasis Dream sign is received from September 15, 2018.

The turtle Tomás had advanced towards the south of the African coast and, at the end of December of 2018, was in waters to the south of the Western Sahara. Finally, with regard to the Tropi turtle, it wandered through the waters of the Canary Islands, specifically Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera, and then moved to the south of Western Sahara, where it was located at the end of December 2018 .

Courtesy of Canarias7

And here's the release video:

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