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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2017-08-16 00:00:00
Release Location: Deception Bay
Last Location: 2017-11-21 14:10:16
Shellzilla was captured and released by the Dambimangari rangers while feeding at Montgomery Reef inside the Lalang Garram Camden Sound Marine Park. Shellzilla's name was chosen by Holy Rosary Primary School in Derby.
We collected the female at Montgomery Reef and returned to the vessel Worndoom to apply the tag. While the epoxy was setting up, the boat moved northward to anchorage at Deception Bay. We released the female while anchored about 40 km north of the capture site. In this "displacement experiment", the female took 3 days to return the 40 km to Montgomery reef. While we usually release turtles at the site of an original capture, there are now published studies in Queensland that gave confidence that green turtles are capable of reorientation after displacement.
We ultrasounded to confirm vitellogenic follicles in the female.
length 95.8 cm curved carapace length