Mote releases seven green sea turtles from Florida’s east coast after rehabilitation

Join us in saying "best fishes" to seven juvenile green sea turtles that were released on May 6, 2021 from Ormond Beach.

The seven turtles came to Mote's care after stranding on the east coast of Florida due to cold stress. Cold stress can be potentially fatal as the turtle's body functions slow down, leaving it susceptible to predators and boat strikes, allowing for algae to grow on their backs, and more.

Due to a lack of space at east coast rehabilitation facilities, these turtles came to Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital in early March. A total of 15 sea turtles were transferred on March 9. In extremely critical condition upon arrival, these turtles were almost completely covered in epibiota such as barnacles and algae. 

After being cleared for release, the seven turtles were given a last physical check and implanted with a PIT tag (passive integrated transponder). These small microchips function much like a pet microchip does, so the animals will be able to identified if they strand again. 

The nicknames of the turtles released today were: Apo, Andros, Hana, Osprey, Pulley, Rowley, and Sombrero. Read more about each patient, and the other's remaining in Mote's care, at mote.org/hospital

Late 2020, Mote also received over 20 Kemp's ridley sea turtles as part of a cold stun event in Cape Cod. Read more about the release of nine of them here

Support Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital at mote.org/donate

Activities conducted under FWC Marine Turtle Permit MTP-20-126.