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Species: Olive Ridley
Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Release Date: 2017-08-16 13:00:00
Release Location: Key West, FL
Last Location: 2017-09-23 16:17:31
Burt Reynolds, our sea turtle patient, was named in honor of home town hero and television, stage, and film icon Burt Reynolds.
Burt Reynolds (the sea turtle) is a sub-adult olive ridley sea turtle that was found entangled in a net in the surf on Hobe Sound Beach on November 2, 2016. Burt Reynolds is the first olive ridley to strand as far north as Martin County, and is also only the 5th olive ridley to be documented stranding in Florida. “Meghan”, was treated by LMC in 2013-2014 and was the first ever successfully rehabilitated olive ridley sea turtle in Florida, making Burt Reynolds the second successfully rehabilitated olive ridley sea turtle, and the first one to receive a satellite transmitter.
Olive ridleys are pelagic animals that are more commonly found around Central and South America so we are interested to see where Burt Reynolds travels after release.
Burt Reynolds arrived underweight and with a constriction injury to the front left flipper. The turtle was initially treated with parenteral nutrition and antibiotics. After two and half months in rehab at LMC’s Sea Turtle Hospital, Burt Reynolds was strong enough to dive to the bottom of the tank and was medically cleared by our veterinarian with a clean bill of health. On August 16, 2017, Burt Reynolds was released off of Key West, Florida with a Wildlife Computer’s satellite transmitter.