QUITO -- A hawksbill turtle, a critically endangered marine turtle species that nests along the Ecuadorian coast, will be tracked via satellite for the purpose of studying its behavior, the presidential press office said.
The turtle, which has been kept at the marine life rescue center at the Machalilla National Park in the western province of Santa Elena, is being set free Tuesday with a "satellite tracking" device.
By means of the study, the first to be carried out in Ecuador with this kind of technology, an attempt will be made to follow the turtle and discover how it uses its habitat, its migration routes and its development, among other aspects, the presidential office document said.
Besides tracking the turtle there will be discussions on the conservation of hawksbill turtles led by specialists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.
"Ecuador is one of the few countries on the Pacific coast that has been identified - by means of studies by the Equilibrio Azul Foundation and the Conservation International organization - as a nesting site," the presidential press office said.
Ecuador, El Salvador and Nicaragua provide sites for "more than 90 percent of this turtle's nesting, which is seriously affected by the destruction of beaches where it lays its eggs and particularly by people fishing along the shore," the presidential press office said.