Do You Want to Name an Injured Sea Turtle?
September 1, 2015
Do you want to help name a sea turtle that has been recuperating from its injuries at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center? A Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) was found in July by a family while kayaking in the surf near Tybee Island in Georgia. It was taken by Chantal Audran, curator at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center to the Sea Turtle Center after it was discovered to have injuries to its shell. The juvenile turtle, which is about the size of a dinner plate, had a gash in its carapace. Staff at the center triaged the turtle and later found out that it couldn’t dive. They speculated that air trapped between its body and its carapace prevented it from diving.
Sea Turtle Information
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
This Kemp's Ridley sea turtle needs a name.
The Sea Turtle Center said that the turtle is now doing well but is in need of a name, so it has launched a campaign to name it. Your choices are Euchee, Bajos or Tybrisa. If you live on Tybee Island, you will know the names as they are all Tybee Island related.
Visit the Survey Monkey website to vote.
Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are the rarest sea turtles and are critically endangered. It is a small turtle, averaging about 25 to 30 inches in length and around 100 lbs. It lives mostly in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic in warm waters.
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