Mora, named in memory of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval, wandered through the trees at the edge of Playa Brasilon digging three nests, but laying no eggs, before we tagged her. The satellite transmitter was placed by Paso Pacifico’s turtle rangers and a visiting group of sea turtle ecology students from Broadreach.

Writing about Jairo Mora’s legacy on the NatGeo blog, Brad Nahill of SEETurtles, reminds us that the volunteers who help patrol turtle nesting beaches are more critical than ever, and points out that the heavy lifting of conservation is done by non-profit organizations who toil long hours, for very little income, to make sure the eggs, meat, and shells are not collected for sale on the black market.

Mora’s last tracked location was on August 4, 2013 near Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

Species: Green Turtle, adult female

Cummulative Distance Travelled: 523 km

Time Tracked: Released June 26, 2013