Subject: Data: new turtle tagged (fwd)

mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 13:43:13 -0400 (EDT)

Humpty Dumpty bounces back

Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) off the coast of Georgia
is one of the largest near shore rock reef habitats found off the
southeast coast.   As such it is an important habitat for sea turtles.
The sanctuary staff monitors the movements and behavior of adult and
juvenile loggerhead sea turtles off the Georgia coast by attaching small
satellite transmitters to the shells of turtles captured at the reef or
from the beaches of Georgias barrier islands.  Grays Reef has tagged
over six turtles and provides the satellite tracking data over the
Internet for those interested in the science of endangered and
threatened species.  In July 1998, GRNMS divers captured an injured
juvenile loggerhead sea turtle with a cracked shell resting beneath a
reef feature 70 feet underwater.  The turtle nicknamed Humpty Dumpty
was transferred to Marineland, Florida where it was rehabilitated with
daily antibiotic treatments to stave off infection. If the turtle had
not been captured it would most likely have succumbed to bacterial
infection.  Two months later the shell has healed and infection
avoided.  Humpty Dumpty was released with a satellite transmitter on
September 27 by Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in
Residence,  back to its home at Grays Reef.  By placing a satellite tag
on Humpty Dumpty students, scientists and the public will be able to
monitor her progress and migration on the internet.


Here's a newspaper artice:
 http://www.savannahmorningnews.com/smn/stories/092898/ACCturtlerelease.html



I will send pictures shortly,
Alex