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Kay Scarpetta

New England Aquarium Sea Turtle Release 2013

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Hi all, I just made some changes to Kay's may. I changed the water color from gray to blue to make it easier for those not familiar with Cape Cod to determine land mass from ocean. Kay has now traveled along the western edge of Cape Cod Bay (CCB) and is now making her way up the eastern edge of bay. I am quite nervous about the water temperatures and the location of this turtle. This turtle and her tag are teaching us about turtle behavior and navigation we could not have otherwise known or predicted. We still do not know if turtles are able to navigate their way out of the bay or if most of the turtles that go into CCB become trapped. It is possible that their navigation systems direct them south, making the northward trek to round the tip of the long arm of Cape Cod counter to their navigation systems. Since Kay has navigated across the Bay and is now outside the mouth along the western edge, she has open access to cut across to open ocean and directly out to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. We'll have to see what she does over the next few days and weeks. Thanks for your interest and support of endangered sea turtles. - Connie (10/26/13)

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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Juvenile
Gender: Unknown
Release Date: 2013-08-21 22:00:00
Release Location: Dowses Beach
Last Location: 2015-07-29 10:55:50

Adoptive Parents:
Kathy Stricher
Elizabeth Hedrick


This green sea turtle, named Kay Scarpetta after the lead character from the Patricia Cornwell series, stranded during a record breaking cold stun event on Cape Cod Massachusetts. Kay's core body temperature dangerously low at 50.9 degrees F and she had several other series health issues. an infection in the bone and a bacterial infection in her flipper joints were among her more serious health concerns. After a lengthy rehabilitation we are all happy to see Kay re-enter the ocean.

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