Mote Marine Laboratory and WhaleNet "King"
Where is King ?
Release Location & Mote Map
King was found floating near Casey Key on April 27, 2006. The turtle was brought to Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital for care. The turtle was very lethargic, but responsive upon arrival to Mote. The turtle was affected by what is being called "Lethargic Loggerhead Syndrome", a condition caused by parasites in the blood vasculature, particularly in the brain. It took 4.5 months before King could swim and 8 months before he could eat on his own, but all effects of the parasites appear to be gone.
More Information on King
Mote Marine Laboratory Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital
"King" page 1, Mote Marine Lab/SeaTurtle.org
"King" page 2, Mote Marine Lab/SeaTurtle.org
King measures curved carapace length notch-tip = *92.8 cm
Weight 88 kg
Curved carapace width 83.6 cm
Head width 19.9 cm.
Data Anaylsis Tools
Background Information and Loggerhead Links:
NMFS Loggerhead Turtle Page
NMFS Recovery Plan
Turtle Page from Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
WhaleNet Home Page