|Date Stranded||July 12, 2020|
|Location of Stranding||Holmes Beach, FL|
|Date of Arrival||July 17, 2020|
|Number of Days of Care||19 days|
07/12/2020 This turtle was reported to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's Stranding Investigation Program because it had been in a canal off Holmes Beach for about a month. Our team responded but the turtle was not located.
07/15/2020 Our team responded to another call regarding this turtle. Upon arrival this turtle was observed swimming up to boats, eating mangoes, and exhibiting bubble butt syndrome (rear end floating). Rescue attempts were unsuccessful.
07/17/2020 Our team responded once more and were successful in rescuing this time! The turtle was deemed "Mango" and brought to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital for rehabilitation. On physical exam we found Mango already had a flipper tag meaning this turtle had, at some point, been rehabilitated or tagged during research. The flipper tag is from Cuba! Mango made it all the way from Cuba to Holmes Beach! Blood was drawn, radiographs were taken, fluids were given, and Mango was placed in a rehabilitation pool with low water.
07/18/2020 Mango began eating seafood right away.
07/30/2020 Mango continues to do well.
We're celebrating a scientific breakthrough!
For the first time, massive corals restored to Florida's Coral Reef are ready to become parents in the wild—a major success for Mote Marine Laboratory's scientific coral restoration efforts. Video announcement from Mote's President & CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby: