A project of Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response.
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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2007-10-20 01:10:00
Release Location: Back Bay NWR
Last Location: 2008-06-01 00:00:00
Ms. Bullock's 5th Grade class
in honor of Phyllis Lord
Ben and Andrea Kaminski
Emmett & Townson Cocke
Noah & Ella Robertson
Eleanor Pardini, in memory of Edward Pardini
Tiki was found floating by a vacationing kayaker on July 25th off Croatan Beach, in Virginia Beach. The kayaker observed Tiki and noticed that she was entangled, immediately called the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team, and then kayaked back out to Tiki to stay with her until help arrived. Stranding staff struggled to locate a boat to rescue the turtle and thanks to the generosity of Bob “Tiki” Robinson and his 53’ Fin Seeker sport fishing boat, Tiki was quickly located and rescued. Tiki was entangled in a whelk pot buoy line that had 35 pounds of mussels attached to it. Once the VAQ Stranding Response Team disentangled Tiki, this line had left what appeared to be a superficial impression on her right flipper as well as an abrasion on her left eye. She was taken back to the VAQ Stranding Center for rehabilitation.
At first it appeared as if the flipper injury would heal quickly and that Tiki would be released within a month of her rescue. However, after a few weeks, the lack of circulation had apparently done its damage and the tissue began to die. Thanks to a major community effort, including Dr. Brad Nadelstein of Animal Eye Care, Dr. Kenneth McIntyre, a human wound care specialist, the Heritage Store for donating the 10-12 pounds of vegetables that Tiki ate on a daily basis and the general public for donating funds to allow Tiki to be released with a satellite transmitter. A special thanks goes out to our volunteers and staff who spent hours each day, treating Tiki to make sure that her flipper was saved and that she could go back to the wild as quickly as possible. We'd also like to thank Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge for hosting Tiki Jr's release.
Tiki Jr. was released Saturday, October 20th from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach. Please check www.myspace.com/vaqstranding for updates on other sea turtle being rehabilitated by the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team.