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Simone

Georgia Sea Turtle Center - Monitoring of Rehabilitated Patients

A project of Georgia Sea Turtle Center.


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It seems Simone likes this area! She hasn't moved too far away since her release. When she was released, she took off so fast that she left a considerable wake behind her! We are confident that she will continue to do well, and after all she has been through, will survive a long time! And who knows, maybe she'll come back to this area to nest when she is ready!

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Species: Loggerhead
Life Stage: Juvenile
Gender: Female
Release Date: 2009-06-13 20:00:00
Release Location: Jekyll Island, GA
Last Location: 2009-12-23 22:46:13

Background

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!)


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