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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2006-11-10 00:04:00
Release Location: St. Petersburg Beach, Florida
Last Location: 2007-09-12 04:02:09
In Memory of Ellis Bergstrom
Mrs. Diedricksen's Class
Jan Pearce's Third Grade Class Claywell Elementary
Bruno was found floating near Egmont Key in Tampa Bay on September 30, 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 Bruno 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 will be tracking the movement of these turtles and monitoring 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.
Bruno measures Curved carapace length notch-tip = 102.9 cm, weight 136 kg, Curved carapace width 95.4cm, Head width 23.6 cm. Tag is a Wildlife Computers SPOT 5.