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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2010-08-18 17:00:00
Release Location: Osterville- Cape Cod, MA
Last Location: 2011-07-06 15:04:59
Hannalore A. Tice
John and Rain Gertsen
Mr Welch Science Class of 2016
Fossil Butte was one of over 70 sea turtles admitted to the New England Aquarium marine animal hospital during the fall of 2009. A biologist from our partner in sea turtle rescue and conservation, the Massachusetts Audubon at Wellfleet Bay, rescued this turtle. When rescued, Fossil Butte was severely cold stunned (hypothermic) and had a serious laceration on his right rear flipper. This turtle responded remarkably to therapy and was soon eating, swimming and regaining strength. The flipper laceration healed quite well, leaving a hardly noticeable scar. While Fossil Butte was at the New England Aquarium, the turtle shared a tank with two other green sea turtles (Navajo and Everglades). During Fossil Butte’s stay at the New England Aquarium, the turtle gained 4.15 kilograms and grew over 14 centimeters!