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Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Release Date: 2017-02-14 16:00:00
Release Location: Juno Beach, FL
Last Location: 2017-03-27 15:07:50
Mayor Mort was found at the St. Lucie Power Plant on August 6, 2016. The turtle was chronic debilitated (underweight and lethargic) so it was transferred to LMC's sea turtle hospital. The turtle had numerous large barnacles on its carapace and hundreds of small barnacles and marine leeches on the skin. The turtle also had an old, healed boat strike wound on the carapace. The turtle was put in freshwater for the first few days to remove the external parasites. While at LMC's hospital, the turtle received fluids, antibiotics, and iron injections.
Approximately six months after arriving at LMC the turtle was cleared by our veterinarian with a clean bill of health. Mayor Mort was outfitted with a Wildlife Computer's satellite transmitter. This transmitter will allow LMC biologists to track the turtle's movement post-release to ensure that the turtle is behaving normally after rehabilitation. Mayor Mort was released from Juno Beach, FL on February 14, 2017.
Mayor Mort was lovingly named in memory of Juno Beach's late Mayor, Mayor Mort Levine who served the town from 2008 until his passing in March 2016. Mayor Levine was extremely proud of the sea turtle hospital at LMC.