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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2007-08-20 17:00:00
Release Location: Dowses Beach, Osterville, Massachusetts
Last Location: 2008-04-01 22:50:37
Katie E. Sousa
Magic Apple School
The Beach Family
Rob (Turtle Rock) Leonard
Amy C. Shea
Alexandra Lynn Watson
Sarah & CJ
“Salt” is a green sea turtle that stranded in Sandwich on Cape Cod, MA, USA, on November 24th, 2006. It was rescued from the beach by the Wellfleet Bay Audubon and brought to the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA, for rehabilitation. Salt, like most turtles that strand in MA during the fall, was cold-stunned. As the water temperature drops during this time of year, eventually it dips below the temperature that these warm water species can endure. They float in a coma-like state and can be susceptible to injury, infection, frostbite, and other problems.
Salt recovered quickly during rehabilitation and was soon eating fish, squid, and greens. It was transported to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on Long Island, NY, on March 2nd to continue his rehabilitation. At Riverhead, Salt has continued to thrive and gained almost 2kg since it stranded. Salt's shell, with the sunburst pattern that green sea turtles are known for, was in beautiful condition when it was released on August 20th from Osterville, Cape Cod, MA.
The last green sea turtle that we tagged and released transmitted for 120 days and surprised us by overwintering north of New England. We hope to track Salt for a long time and we look forward to comparing its movements to the last green sea turtle. Good luck Salt!