The Gulfarium’s C.A.R.E. Center successfully released four rehabilitated sea turtles on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Grayton Beach State Park, Florida.
Each of the turtles have been outfitted with small acoustic tags as part of a partnership between the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) team. These trackers will allow researchers to observe the movements of the rehabilitated turtles after they have been released. Multiple receivers are located throughout the Gulf of Mexico, providing researchers with alerts when a turtle fitted with an acoustic tag is within range.
“We are proud to be partnering with USGS in their long-term monitoring project,” states Patrick Berry, Director of the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center. “The information collected from these acoustic tags will allow researchers to examine how sea turtles are using local piers and nearby habitats, in the end helping to reduce the number of hooked turtles in the future.”
The patients released today included Knowlton, a sub-adult loggerhead weighing 123lbs, Jane, an adult Kemp’s ridley weighing 59lbs, Avery, an 11lb juvenile green sea turtle, and Brinkley, a sub-adult loggerhead weighing 94lbs.
All of the rehabilitated sea turtles arrived at the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center after being accidentally hooked by fishermen at local fishing piers. During their initial intake x-rays, the veterinarian team were relieved to discover that none of the rescued turtles had any internal debris, and after some rest and recovery, they were all deemed ready for release back into the Gulf of Mexico.