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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.”

Watch her journey first-hand HERE!

Heartwarming video shows kind dolphins rescuing a stranded seal pup as it struggles to stay afloat.

By KATE BEVAN

“An incredible video has emerged of a kindly pod of dolphins helping save a baby seal from being washed up on a beach. In the video, captured by a Canadian film crew, the exhausted baby seal struggles against the current as it drifts ever closer to the shoreline and away from the safety of the deeper waters. But just as it seems as though the pup will lose its battle against the waves, a family of dolphins emerge and lend a helping fin as they send the pup on its way.”

Read More & Watch the Amazing Encounter Between the Dolphins and the Seal Pup!

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Article By Mary Ann Bragg (mbragg@capecodonline.com) – February 04, 2013

“YARMOUTHPORT — The number of marine mammals reported as stranded in January along the Cape Cod Bay shoreline is less than a tenth the count from the same time last year, according to International Fund for Animal Welfare Stranding Coordinator Brian Sharp. But that small number this year is no guarantee of the future.

“At any point, the season can change quickly,” Sharp said.

In 2012, the nonprofit organization responded to 375 marine mammal strandings, including a continuous mass stranding of common dolphins from Jan. 12 through Feb. 16. In the mass stranding event, 179 common dolphins stranded from Barnstable to Wellfleet. Of those 179, 53 were successfully released. The remaining 126 were found dead, died before or after release, or were euthanized.

In a typical year, IFAW responds to about 38 stranded common dolphins, spokesman Michael Booth said.

So far this year IFAW has responded to nine stranded marine mammals: two common dolphins, two harbor porpoises and five harbor seals, Sharp said. All were found dead.

Across the Northeast this year, reported dolphin events have been limited to one common dolphin in shallow water in the Gowanas Canal in New York, which died, and a handful of bottlenose dolphins reported in the Navesink River in New Jersey, whose status is currently not known, Maggie Mooney-Seus of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service said Friday.”

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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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