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Life Stage: unknown
Release Date: 2013-10-20 12:36:05
Release Location: Sandbridge Beach
Last Location: 2014-04-26 07:37:30
Findlay is a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle that was hooked by a recreation fishermen in Norfolk, VA. The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Team brought St. Louis back to the Marine Animal Care Annex. The team removed two fishing hooks from the corners of her/his mouth. Findlay remained in rehabilitation for about two months. When s/he was deemed healthy, by a veterinarian, St. Louis was released back into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. St Louis was fitted with an acoustic and satellite tag in order to monitor his/her post-release movements.
The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program’s mission is to promote the conservation of marine animal species through stranding response, research, rehabilitation and education. It is largely a volunteer-based group operating from the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Care Center in Virginia Beach. The program is supported by the Virginia Aquarium Foundation through donations from the community, and grant-making organizations. To report a dead or live stranded marine mammal or sea turtle call the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program 24-hour hotline at (757) 385-7575.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and Seaturtle.org work in partnership to promote the conservation of marine life and our marine environment. Sea turtles rehabilitated, tagged with satellite transmitters, and released into the Atlantic Ocean by the Virginia Aquarium are tracked on Seaturtle.org. Seaturtle.org provides the satellite tracking service for the Virginia Aquarium. Seaturtle.org accepts donations, including turtle adoptions, to help fund the satellite tracking service. The Virginia Aquarium accepts donations to provide response, rehabilitation, and care for stranded sea turtles and marine mammals, and to conduct research related to sea turtles and marine mammals (http://www.virginiaaquarium.com/get-involved/Pages/donate.aspx).