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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2006-11-10 04:00:00
Release Location: St. Petersburg Beach, Florida
Last Location: 2007-04-14 22:24:08
Elaine Massie & Richard Lawson
Joey was found floating in a canal near Tierra Verde, St. Petersburg on Sept 4, 2006. The turtle was brought to Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital for care. The turtle was very lethargic, but responsive upon arrival to Mote. Dr. Charles Manire, Mote chief veterinarian, suspected red tide toxicosis and conducted blood tests to confirm while beginning treatment. Blood tests indicated that Joey II was indeed affected by red tide toxicosis. The turtle responded very well to treatment releasing the red tide toxins.
The release of these turtles marks Mote's first scientific findings of adult male loggerheads that have recovered from red tide. Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program tracks the movement of these turtles and monitors the possible interaction with environmental factors, such as red tide exposure and changing water temperature, upon release. The STCRP has tagged 13 nesting female loggerheads in the past two years, but this is the first opportunity to obtain information with satellite tags on adult male loggerheads. Female turtles can be studied on the beach during nesting cycles. However, adult male sea turtles typically live further offshore and do not come ashore, making it more difficult to learn about them.
Joey II measures curved carapace length notch-tip=102.5 cm, weight 118 kg, curved carapace width 90.5 cm, Head width 22.3 cm. Tag is a Wildlife Computers SPOT 5.
As Joey swims about, the southern portion of his home range overlaps a region used by the South Siesta Beach Restoration Project. http://scg.co.sarasota.fl.us/Beach_Renourishment/default.asp
A dredge is working offshore from December to April to suck up sand and a trawler will work ahead of the dredge to collect and remove turtles and thereby minimize risk to turtles from the operation. The beach nourishment project is planned to complete before the next turtle nesting season.