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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Immature
Release Date: 2016-10-27 20:00:00
Release Location: Ten Thousand Islands, Florida
Last Location: 2017-06-18 22:44:23
Anais Holgado Lage
Helen Genevieve Richter
Lucy Helen measured 44 cm curved carapace length. She was originally captured in the Ten Thousand Islands on 4/27/2015, then recaptured a year later on 4/29/2016, and most recently on 10/26/2016. Satellite telemetry will help show her movements and behaviors in between capture events. Lucy Helen appeared to be moving around Gullivan Bay following her release and this may have been due to the presence of red tide, a harmful algae bloom. She had been eating spider crabs before capture and this food choice may have made her less susceptible to the harmful algae. Other turtles in this region feed on tunicates (sea squirts). These filter-feeding organisms are known to incorporate the toxin produced by red tide algae into their tissues, making them harmful to the turtles that eat them. Lucy Helen has since stayed in the vicinity of her capture location off Turtle Key. This faithfulness, or fidelity, to certain sites demonstrates the importance of conservation areas like Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in protecting the feeding grounds for this endangered species. The satellite tag is sponsored by John and Carol Walter and the turtle is named after their granddaughter.