Georgia Sea Turtle Center Releases Rehabilitated Sea Turtles

Marti, a 25-pound green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) who was found a year ago on Daytona Beach with tumors on her body was released October 17 at Fernandina Beach in Florida along with another green sea turtle named Duval that had a shell infection, and a 200-pound loggerhead (Caretta caretta) named Squall that suffered a severed front flipper due to a shark attack. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, which rehabilitated the chelonians, supervised the release and are going to track the loggerhead via satellite telemetry as part of a project administered by the Virginia Aquarium that will study movement patterns of loggerheads with severed or otherwise missing flippers.

The sea turtle center, located on Jekyll Island, was renovated in February 2006 and reopened in June 2007 to provide state-of-the-art emergency care for sea turtles in need. It has rescued and provided  medical care to about 2,000 sea turtles, all released, since the reopening of the center.

More information can be found at http://www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org/

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