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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

New England Aquarium Cape Cod Release 2015

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Wow, really interesting. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker's tag just started sending signals again. This has happened to us in the past with other tags and it can be caused by something as simple as a piece of trash, seaweed or other covering the saltwater switch on the tag. This little turtle is in some pretty warm water now and hopefully is feeding. Lets hope the tag continues to send signals. Thanks for your interest in endangered turtles! - Connie, New England Aquarium

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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Juvenile
Gender: Unknown
Release Date: 2015-08-05 22:00:00
Release Location: West Dennis Beach, Cape Cod, MA
Last Location: 2016-03-09 22:15:06

Adoptive Parents:
Jennifer Oneill

Background

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker stranded cold-stunned in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, MA, on 24 November, 2014. He was rescued from the beach by the Mass Audubon Society turtle beach patrol volunteers and then transported to the New England Aquarium rehabilitation facility in Quincy, MA. He was very lethargic, covered with sand and algae. He was also very underweight with sunken plastron, almost half of which was bruised. X-rays also indicated he had pneumonia. During its extensive rehabilitation at the New England Aquarium and a diet of herring and squid, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker nearly doubled its weight and grew over 2 inches!


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