A project of Mote Marine Laboratory.
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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2013-10-07 16:09:00
Release Location: Lido Beach, Florida
Last Location: 2013-12-06 15:30:52
In memory of Rainer Menzel
Murph is a male adult loggerhead who completed rehab at the Mote Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital.
Through cooperation of Mote's Stranding Investigations Program, Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement officer Marine Patrol and helicopter and the Sarasota County and Longboat Key marine patrols, nearly 300 pound adult male loggerhead was recovered after being severely entangled and stuck in one place offshore of Turtle Beach, Siesta Key for nearly a week. He had fishing and crab trap line wrapped around his neck and flippers and had 2 large shark hooks caught in his shell. Murph has an old carapace fracture of an unknown cause that is located near his right rear flipper.
Murph was rescued on Memorial Day and was nicknamed “Murph” in honor of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005.
Murph is fitted with a Wildlife Computer SPLASH-10 tag which will provide location, temperature and depth profile information.
Murph will help us learn about male loggerheads in the wild as well how Murph is doing after his release. By combining location and depth profile information, we not only can see where Murph is going but also what part of the ocean he is using and determine if his habitat overlaps with fisheries or other pelagic areas where the necessity of protections measures against hazards such as entanglement may be identified.
Mote thanks the following individuals and organizations for providing
the funds to tag Murph and supporting the satellite time:
* The Sara Roberts Foundation
* Stephen and Tabitha King
* The Wooster School
* In honor of Ruthie Cohen
* Ann Anderson
* West Coast Inland Navigation District