Spatial distribution patterns of adult male loggerhead sea turtles captured by research trawling in the Southeast US
A project of SCDNR MRD.
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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2014-06-12 21:25:00
Release Location: Altamaha Reef, GA
Last Location: 2015-06-10 11:02:47
4th Grade Engadine Schools
Donna Marie Sherych
Gregory S. Kazanjian
"Mater" is a 96.7 cm SCLmin (123 kg) male loggerhead that was captured during research trawling on 12 June 2014 offshore of the Altamaha Reef off the central coast of Georgia, USA. Mater's tail measurement of 53.0 cm (55% of SCLmin) and distinctly curved front flipper claws signify his adult status, with the softening of the central axis of his plastron suggesting recent mating; unfortunately our ultrasound was aboard our other research trawler at capture so we were not able to confirm his reproductive state. In addition to his apparent recent reproductive contribution, the name also reflects 'making it' to this stage in life, especially given the deformity in his left rear 'leg' that likely reflects a previous and severe entanglement with marine debris. Lastly, on an anthropogenic note, the name also reflects catching and applying the tag this turtle during a squall on the last tow of a four-day research cruise, as well as knowing that the nephews of several crew onboard would appreciate the reference to a favorite animated movie character.