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“A disabled loggerhead sea turtle has been fitted with a pair of artificial flippers in a Japanese aquarium.

Staff at the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe have been trying to design a pair of prosthetic flippers for the turtle since the creature was first brought there in 2008.” – Tom Bayly reports.

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“TAMPA –An endangered green sea turtle that nearly died while trapped in fishing line has found a new home in – of all places – Kansas City.

Gertrude, who lost a front flipper, has been recovering at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium since she was rescued in September 2011.

On Monday, she flew from Tampa International Airport inside the cabin of a Southwest Airlines jet.

Destination: the 10-month-old Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium, far from where a Pinellas County fisherman found the turtle with fishing line around her neck and front flippers.

One flipper had to be amputated and the other had to be fused, so she can no longer flee predators, the Clearwater facility said.

So she’ll be Missouri’s first sea turtle.

Southwest made a travel exception for Gertrude, waiving her pet fee and allowing her to fly in the cabin. Alongside was Aaron Sprowl, display curator for the Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium.

Gertrude will begin her stay in a holding tank at Sea Life Kansas City until being released in the aquarium’s ocean tank for display. The aquarium opened last April.”

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The Nesting Season for Sea Turtles is Different for Each Species

Loggerhead:

• While the majority of Loggerhead nesting occurs on the East Coast, 100% of nests that occur on Pinellas County beaches are from Loggerheads

• The duration of the nesting season is from May-October. The female nests every 2-3 years, and can lay up to 7 clutches in a season

• Alternating limb movement is a characteristic of Loggerhead tracks. They leave no tail-drag mark, and their track width is approximately 25”

• The main nesting sites for the Loggerhead are Florida, Oman (in the Indian Ocean), and Costa Rica.

Leatherback:

• Nesting occurs on the East Coast of Florida, and the duration of the nesting season is from April-July.  The female nests every 2-3 years, and lays between 6-9 clutches in a season

• Leatherbacks will lay clutches of approximately 80 fertilized eggs, and cover them with approximately 30 unfertilized eggs to serve as protection from predators, and to also aid in temperature regulation

• Simultaneous limb movement is a characteristic of Leatherback tracks. They leave a center drag mark from their tail, and their track width is around 45”

• The main nesting sites for the Leatherback are Florida, Costa Rica, and Brazil

Green:

• Nesting is concentrated along the Southeast Coast of Florida, and the duration of the nesting is from June-September. The female nests every 2-3 years, and lays between 3-5 clutches in a season

• Greens will lay clutches that contain approximately 128 eggs

• Simultaneous limb movement is a characteristic of Green turtle tracks. They leave a center drag mark from their tail, and their track width is around 35”

• The main nesting sites for the Green are Florida, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

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“He should have died. Twice.

First, when he was born too weak to scramble from his sandy birthplace and scuttle to the sea. Rescued once, the tiny loggerhead sea turtle came down with pneumonia, which damaged his lungs. His hind fins didn’t develop properly, making a swim to the ocean deep impossible.

But with careful veterinary care, Ozzy survived. Now, the year-old loggerhead will be a star at Camden’s Adventure Aquarium turtle exhibit, which opens Monday.

The exhibit, called Turtles: Journey of Survival, features 19 turtle species that live in water, mud, and even sand. The three-month exhibit hasn’t fully opened, but children at the aquarium Thursday noticed Ozzy right away.

“Cool! A turtle!” a blond boy shouted as he and his father walked past Ozzy’s blue tank.

“I think it’s all about the face,” said Nikki Grandinetti, exhibit curator.

Across from Ozzy, Bob, a 21-year-old, 450-pound loggerhead, swam by a window into the aquarium’s main tank, where sharks, fish, and stingrays live. Bob is the largest of the three adult sea turtles in the tank.

“Turtles look like they’re flying in the water; they look magical,” Grandinetti said.

Starring in a Disney film doesn’t hurt either. Loggerheads named Crush and Squirt were featured in the 2003 animated film Finding Nemo. The movie wasn’t “biologically accurate,” Grandinetti notes, but it did help children develop an attachment with creatures they can’t pet.

Endangered:

Loggerheads are an endangered species found along the East Coast and in coastal waters in temperate and tropical climates in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Typically, loggerheads flap their fins and swim about, occasionally coming to the surface for air. Ozzy, who weighs 5.72 pounds and is about the size of a dinner plate, rests on the bottom of his 1,700-gallon tank. His lungs don’t fully inflate, so he tends to sink. He can swim and surface for air but is less active than other turtles because his hind flippers suffered muscle or nerve damage, aquarium officials said.

As he grows, he’ll be moved to increasingly larger tanks, eventually to the main 760,000-gallon tank.

On Thursday, Ozzy sat placidly at the sandy bottom of his tank. As iridescent white fish swooped around him, Ozzy tucked his front fins underneath him like a cat. Left in nature, “he’d probably be somebody’s food,” Grandinetti said.”

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