The salad bar

July 6, 2006

Jiminy Cricket! Fiona can pack away the greens! She is up to her 10th 12th head of romaine today and is showing no signs of stopping. We cleaned out the romaine selection at Publix this morning – woe be to anyone who wants a Caesar salad for dinner tonight. Did I mention that we are accepting Publix gift cards to support this beast? 😉

Belly up to the salad bar

Bobo was released on the beach just south of the Sebastian Inlet this morning. According to the state rep who did the release there was a fair amount of press at the event. She said to keep an eye on the media because our Bobo may show up in a newspaper somewhere. She also said that he gave a pretty good show (we know he would). While the loggerheads they were also releasing seemed unimpressed with it all, Bobo was slap happy and “enthusiastic”.


Lost a few

July 5, 2006

The past few days have not been kind with regards to our turtles. The two newest additions, Finn and Greta, both died. Unfortunately we still don’t really know what was wrong with them. They have both been transported to the local folks at FWC where they will eventually be necropsied to try and determine the cause of death. Both turtles were exceptionally beautiful (though we tend to think all of our turtles here are beautiful!) and we never like losing any of them. Our hope now is that perhaps through the necropsies they will contribute to our knowledge of about sea turtles and help us do a better job of both protecting them and caring for them in the future.

Bobo is leaving tomorrow. FWC will be taking the turtle north to Brevard County where it will be released back to the sea.

A few more going home

June 30, 2006

We’re going to be releasing a few more turtles here in the next few days but none of them will be released here. Gloria and Jay will likely be leaving on Sunday. They’ll be getting a boat ride out to the sargassum seaweed somewhere between here and the Bahamas. They are very small turtles and at this point in their lives they most likely live in a pelagic environment so we will return them to the open water. When they get larger they will recruit back to coastal areas.

We also tagged Bobo today. Not the smoothest operation – Bobo is quite strong, quite feisty and not really fond of being handled – making it an interesting procedure for the staff and volunteers that tagged him (thanks for your patience). Next week the FWC folks will give him a ride up north towards Brevard County where he was originally found.

Bobo got one flipper tag on the left flipper and one PIT tag (we skipped the right flipper tag due to a previous injury to that flipper). The flipper tags are metal and visible to anyone who finds the turtle but they can fall off as the turtle grows. The PIT tags are placed under the skin, are not visible to the naked eye and are read with a special scanner (exactly like a pet dog or cat might have). The advantage of these tags is they are unlikely to be lost and will remain with the turtle for an extended period of time.

Flipper Tags

Inconel flipper tags

PIT tags