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Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2008-10-04 08:00:00
Release Location: Jekyll Island, GA
Last Location: 2009-07-02 04:19:11
Gale arrived at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on June 25, 2008 after hitching a ride in to shore on the Georgia Bulldog research vessel. This juvenile Loggerhead was caught late in the evening in the trawl net of the Bulldog and had been the unfortunate victim of a boat strike. A large area of broken and dead bone at the peak of her carapace (top shell) was debrided (surgical removal of foreign material and dead tissue from a wound) and cleaned, and she continued to receive regular bandage changes. Despite her injuries, Gale was quite an active patient! Shortly after arrival, she quickly began eating live blue crabs, a great sign for any sick or injured sea turtle! After a few months of treatment, the bone of her shell has regenerated enough that she was ready to be released. Prior to release however, we placed some bone cement on the deepest parts of her wound, which contains time-released antibiotics (amakacin), allowing her approximately 30 days worth.
Gale was released on October 4, 2008 from Jekyll Island, GA during the annual Gopher Tortoise Council Meeting, hosted by the GSTC