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Fossil Butte

New England Aquarium Sea Turtle Tracking

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Hi all, My apology for the lack of updates on this map. We had a record sea turtle stranding season. My focus has been on our new cold stun sea turtles, as things settle I'll try to update this map more often. To see the sea turtles in rehabilitation now you can visit our blog at: As some of you know sea turtles have been falling victim to hypothermia along the East coast over the past couple weeks. Fossil Butte looks like he is in a warm enough area however I will alert my colleagues in his area just in case! Thanks for your interest and for supporting sea turtles! - Connie, New England Aquarium Rescue Department manager.

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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Juvenile
Gender: Unknown
Release Date: 2010-08-18 17:00:00
Release Location: Osterville- Cape Cod, MA
Last Location: 2011-07-06 15:04:59

Adoptive Parents:
Hannalore A. Tice
John and Rain Gertsen
Stephanie DelRosso
Lauren Levesque
Barb Bird
Tyler Waddles
Zurp Cow
Mr Welch Science Class of 2016
Kanoelani Salvia
Tora Buttaro
Brittany Ramone


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!

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