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National Marine Life Center: Sea Turtle Releases

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Fletcher's Travels

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Species: Loggerhead
Life Stage: Juvenile
Gender: Unknown
Release Date: 2009-05-18 09:00:00
Release Location: Atlantic Beach, NC
Last Location: 2009-08-28 09:58:35

Adoptive Parents:
Fletcher Fans
John Gardner
Ronnie Chico


Fletcher stranded on 11/29/08 on Fisher Beach in Turo, Cape Cod, during a mass sea turtle stranding cold-stun event. Fletcher was found upside down and severely hypothermic. Fletcher was transported on 11/29/08 to the New England Aquarium where he was found to be acidotic and was slowly warmed and treated. Once stable he was transferred to the National Marine Life Center for continued rehabilitation on 12/4/08.
Fletcher now wieghs 31.2kg has had normal developmental, behavioral, and medical evaluations and has been cleared for release. If not for the dedicated assistance and beach walkers from the Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary of the Massachusetts Audubon, the entire staff and volunteers of the Rescue Department of the New England Aquarium, and staff and volunteers and generous supporters of the National Marine Life Center, Fletcher could have died as a result of this cold stun event. Further we acknowledge the Virginia Aquarium and NOAA Fisheries for their help and assistance.
Good Luck Fletcher!!!

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