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Kaitlyn’s Trip to the Galapagos Islands (Day 4)

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June 10, 2013

Day 4: We traveled down the street to the highlands to collect Adult tortoise data with Galapagos National Park. We took measurements of the Largo curve (length), Anchor curve (width) , Largo plastron (length of underbelly) in cm, and then found the Peso (weight) of the tortoises in grams. Then a PIT was inserted into the tortoises back left leg for identification and tracking, and the letter P for park was branded into the tortoises shell.  Thelargest tortoise we worked with was about 170 years old and weighted over 200Kg (440.4 pounds) and had a Largo curvo of 163cm, Ancho curvo of 168cm, and a Largo plastron of 92cm, while the smallest tortoise we worked with was about 20 years old and weighted 30.1Kg (66.28 pounds) and had a Largo curvo of 67.8cm, Ancho curvo of 70.4cm, and a Largo plastron of 45.6cm.

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