A project of Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
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Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2009-06-13 20:00:00
Release Location: Jekyll Island, GA
Last Location: 2009-12-23 22:46:13
Simone was found stranded on Little Saint Simon's Island, GA on July 3, 2008 and promptly transferred to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) for immediate care. When Simone arrived, she was missing her right rear flipper. This wound was healed however, and not the reason for her stranding. Simone is a victim of Debilitated Turtle Syndrome. She was emaciated, an overload of epibiota, in particular barnacles, on her soft skin and shell, and intestinal blockage. Removal of the barnacles resulted in exposed bone. During her stay at the GSTC, Simone has been treated with regular shell cleanings, reglin and cisapride for gut motility, mineral oil for intestinal blockage relief and a healthy diet of fish, squid and crabs. Almost 1 year after her arrival, Simone was ready for release, back into the wild!
On June 10, 2009, Simone received a final physical exam, flipper tags, a PIT tag and a satellite transmitter. Simone was released with another loggerhead named Duffy (check out Duffy's tracking map too!) on June 13, 2009 during the final event of week-long event in celebration of our 2 year anniversary known as Nest Fest (check out our website-www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org--and BLOG for information about Nest Fest!)