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Hawksbill Turtles - Groote Eylandt - Australia

Project description: This project is a partnership between the Anindilyakwa Land Council (Aboriginal representative of the people from Groote Eylandt) and WWF Australia. With only two transmitters, this project is hoping to add to current knowledge of hawksbill turtles in Australia and also to be used as an educational tool for the local community. Two hawksbill turtles were tagged after they laid clutches of eggs on North East Islet near Groote Eylandt on 2 Aug. 2005. Groote Eylandt (meaning Big Island)is located 630 km east of Darwin in the Gulf of Carpentaria and was given its European name by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman while he explored the Australian coast in 1644. The island produces about 10% of the worlds Manganese and has been mined since 1964 by Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO). Source: seaturtle.org 
Country: Australia 
Location(s) of main activity: Northern Territory
Project team: WWF Australia 
Species tracked: Hawksbill 
Number of animals: 2
Project started: 02 Aug 2005
Last signal: 29 Aug 2007
Longest signal (no. days): 758
Shortest signal (no. days): 168 
Transmitter active: No 
Migration (general location): Northern Australia 
Published paper:
Project archived: Yes 
Partners: Anindilyakwa Land Council  
E-mail address: swhiting@wwf.org.au 
Link: http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?project_id=94
Remark: Data suggesting longest signal of 757 days are suspect. 
Info last updated: 27 Jul 2009 

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