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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2007-05-25 10:00:00
Release Location: Casey Key
Last Location: 2007-09-07 07:44:34
Wiblet is 108 cm curved carapace length and last nested on Casey Key in 2002. She is now carrying a time depth recorder and a bioacoustic tag.
Wiblet is named to recognize Dr. Thane Wibbels who studies temperature dependent sex determination in sea turtles on beaches around the world. Dr. Wibbels and PhD student Jenny Estes have studied the thermal conditions in nourished and non-nourished beaches of Sarasota County for the last 3 years. Dr. Wibbels visited on a field trip with classes from Dauphin Island Marine Station, but came to Casey Key at 2 AM to help tag this turtle. The fact that he supplied chocolate chip cookies and coffee at that hour had entirely nothing to do with it.
Wiblet was tagged early in the season to study the clutch frequency (how many nests laid by a turtle).