Playa Chiriqui, Panama
18 Jun 2005
Stopped transmitting signals when passing south of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean.
Team in charge of deployment & tracking
Flipper/pit tag number
RR tag: CH1687 (Chiriqui 2005)
LR tag: V4202 (probably Chiriqui 2003)
This turtle's sponsor/s
::: Remarks :::
Cristina is an adult female leatherback seaturtle. She was encountered nesting on June 18, 2005, in Zone 3 on Chiriqui Beach in Panama. She measured 152 cm in curved carapace (shell) length, the same as leatherback female "Idun".
Cristina had already been flipper tagged with metal flipper tags at Chiriqui Beach during the 2003 nesting season, and had also been seen on Chiriqui Beach earlier during the 2005 season. A harness with a satellite transmitter was applied after she finished laying 70 normal eggs and 8 yolkless eggs.
Since its release Cristina has traveled over 1,527 km and dove over 625 m. The bad news is that, since the last transmition on 07/19/05, we have not received new information on its location. Based on the last data received, researchers believe that Cristina is most likely still alive, but its transmitter has failed for some reason. Possible reasons include just general failure, something (such as algae or barnacles) growing over the salt water switches causing the transmitter to register as being underwater even when the unit is above the water, or the harness coming off earlier than anticipated.