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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2004-06-05 03:20:00
Release Location: Cumberland Island
Last Location: 2005-02-17 20:19:59
Nancy A. Hooper
2003-2004 Monday 4th grade Target (Gifted) Class
Rodric J. DiPietro
Trace P. Hocutt
Mrs. Susan Cone's fourth grade Monday Target Gifted class submitted the winning entry for the Japanese Turtle. This class from Still Elementary in Powder Springs, Georgia chose this name because it means "open sea" in Japanese.
Oki is one of the smallest turtles in our study. Unfortunately, we are unsure exactly how small because a significant portion of her carapace (posterior end) is missing as a result of a sharkbite. The sharkbite is completely healed and does not pose a threat to her survival.
In addition, Oki may be the most difficult turtle in our study to track. She does not spend much time near the surface. The lack of surface time makes it difficult for the instruments on the satellite to get an accurate fix on her location.