A project of Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response.
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Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Release Date: 2012-07-13 09:00:00
Release Location: Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach, VA
Last Location: 2013-12-01 21:14:12
Mrs. O'Connells 2nd grade class
Sam Prescott Franke
Robert & Jonathan
Erik Christopher Secrest
Ashley Marie Clark
Helen and Steve Dierdorf
2nd Grade Class 2012-13
Stan & Vicki Meares
Leah Noel Ernst
Sharon Lee Brown
IMS 2nd Grade
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Marola
Baby Girl Meyer
Alex Hanlon Cummins
Sandymount's Third Grade Classes 2013
Conway Sean Frankenheimer
RSF 2nd Grade 20012-13
Ms. Fike's 5th grade 2013
The Tortoises and the Turtle
Speech/Language Students at Wescott Elementary Sch
Madeleine & Luke Sides
Cory and Clayton Queiruga
Fireworks was rescued by the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team on July 4, 2011. He suffered from blunt trauma to the head, likely from a vessel interaction, that causes a laceration to the head, left eyelid and left jaw. Fireworks responded very well to treatment and healed quite quickly. Unfortunately, the scar tissue around the eyelid caused the eye to become permanently closed. However, Fireworks' ability to catch live prey (quite aggressively) in his rehabilitation pool, lead us to believe he would thrive in the wild.
During his stay at the Virginia Aquarium Marine Animal Care Center, staff noticed Fireworks' tail grew significantly, leading to the conclusion that Fireworks was a male! He enjoyed meals of herring, squid, shrimp, scallops, crayfish, blue crab, horseshoe crab and almost anything else that was offered to him.
On July 13, 2012, Fireworks was fitted with a satellite transmitter then transported just offshore of Virginia Beach for release.
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and Seaturtle.org 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 Seaturtle.org. Seaturtle.org provides the satellite tracking service for the Virginia Aquarium. Seaturtle.org 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 (http://www.virginiaaquarium.com/get-involved/Pages/donate.aspx).