Honu is an adult female green sea turtle. She arrived on Brasilon Beach in southwestern Nicaragua on the evening of 15 September 2012. She laid eggs, and after she was done, she was tagged with a SPOT5 satellite tag to track her movements over the coming months. After initial tagging, she returned to Brasilon a second time to lay more eggs.
We have named this green sea turtle Honu in recognition of the people of Hawaii who have worked hard to understand and protect their honu (the Hawaiian word for the green sea turtle). While green sea turtles remain endangered throughout the world, the relative health of the Hawaiian subpopulation, whose IUCN Red List status was updated this year to “Species of Least Concern”, is an indicator that the work we are doing in Nicaragua will help restore green sea turtle populations in the eastern Pacific.
Honu was last tracked on December 28, 2012 near Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica (just South of the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican border).
Species: Green Turtle, adult female
Cummulative Distance Travelled: 1202 km
Time Tracked: Released December 28, 2012