Featured Turtles

Kermit

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Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Rescued: May 9th, 2018
Weight upon admittance: 83 lbs

“Kermit” was brought to Gulf World Marine Institute on May 9, 2018 from St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. This loggerhead sea turtle was found by a fisherman with a severe entanglement around both front flippers. The entanglement consisted largely of discarded fishing line. After arriving at GWMI, the veterinary team confirmed that the damage to the left front flipper was extensive, and sutures have been used to attempt to establish some stability with the limb. The right front flipper does not have any lasting affects currently. Kermit was named for the croak-like sound made when he/she grinds the top and bottom halves of the beak together. The animal is eating well and maneuvering around the habitat. Kermit is being monitored daily to watch for signs of improved mobility.

Loggerhead sea turtles are one of the most commonly seen species in Bay County, and in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Named so because of their large heads (when compared to their body size), loggerheads live on a diet that consists mostly of crustaceans and molluscs found along the coast. Kermit is a good example of an unusually colored loggerhead. Loggerheads can be many different pigments. There are only 7 species of sea turtle worldwide, and all of them are protected by law.

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Gamora

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Rescued: May 19, 2018
Weight upon admittance: 107 lbs

“Gamora” was brought to Gulf World Marine Institute on May 19, 2018 from Walton County, Florida. This loggerhead sea turtle was found by beachgoers to be struggling to dive in the shallow surf. After arriving at GWMI, the veterinary team confirmed that Gamora has buoyancy control difficulties, apparently due to some impaction of the gastrointestinal tract. Gamora can be seen swimming around his/her habitat despite the buoyancy control dilemma. Gamora continues to be monitored daily in hopes that she will regain control of her buoyancy.

Loggerhead sea turtles are one of the most commonly seen species in Bay County, and in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Named so because of their large heads (when compared to their body size), loggerheads live on a diet that consists mostly of crustaceans and molluscs found along the coast. There are only 7 species of sea turtle worldwide, and all of them are protected by law.

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