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Cookie Dough

Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program

A project of Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response.

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Cookie Dough's travels

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Species: Loggerhead
Life Stage: Juvenile
Gender: Unknown
Release Date: 2013-06-05 15:16:34
Release Location: Atlantic Ocean
Last Location: 2014-06-09 21:09:36

Adoptive Parents:
Gayle & RJ Payne
Ashley N.
Jay Garrahan
Pearleane & Vince Flango
Ms. Ringkamp's 1st grade class (2013-14)
Cam Mannion
Elizabeth Houchens
McKenzi Jett
Lorelei Cable-Burns
Mike Carroll
Ronda Bokram
Alice Walls
Amely Cheminel
Joel Peters


Cookie Dough, a loggerhead sea turtle, was found lying in the mud on January 5, 2013. At 80 pounds. S/he was admitted to the Virginia Aquarium's Marine Animal Care Center with an internal body temperature of 40°F. A normal loggerhead sea turtle should have an internal temperature between 68°F to 78°F. Cookie Dough was suffering from cold-stunning, a sometimes fatal condition. Treatment involved slowly warming the body temperature and antibiotics to fight off any secondary infection such as pneumonia. S/he recovered, and was released into warm waters, off the coast of Virginia Beach, on June 5, 2013.

The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program’s mission is to promote the conservation of marine animal species through stranding response, research, rehabilitation and education. It is largely a volunteer-based group operating from the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Care Center in Virginia Beach. The program is supported by the Virginia Aquarium Foundation through donations from the community, and grant-making organizations. To report a dead or live stranded marine mammal or sea turtle call the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program 24-hour hotline at (757) 385-7575.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and work in partnership to promote the conservation of marine life and our marine environment. Sea turtles rehabilitated, tagged with satellite transmitters, and released into the Atlantic Ocean by the Virginia Aquarium are tracked on provides the satellite tracking service for the Virginia Aquarium. accepts donations, including turtle adoptions, to help fund the satellite tracking service. The Virginia Aquarium accepts donations to provide response, rehabilitation, and care for stranded sea turtles and marine mammals, and to conduct research related to sea turtles and marine mammals (

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