Jupiter, a 75lb. Sub-Adult Loggerhead Sea Turtle is Ready to Go Home Back to the Ocean

TAMPA, Fla., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - On Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team, supported by Florida Blue, will return Jupiter, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle, and three juvenile green sea turtles (Canaveral, Enterprise, and Satellite) back into the Atlantic Ocean at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park on Flagler Beach in Flagler County.

The four turtles to be released include two of the most common species to Florida’s coastal waters: green and loggerhead sea turtles. Jupiter, the loggerhead sea turtle and these three green sea turtles (Canaveral, Enterprise, and Satellite) were brought to The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Apollo Beach earlier this year from the Volusia County Marine Science Center. These were among the first turtles to be cared for at the facility since it opened in January. All the turtles had suffered cold-stunning and other debilitating effects and were rescued on the state’s east coast.

Some of these debilitating symptoms included low red blood cell count, low blood sugar and a variety of infections. Cold-stunned turtles are unable to swim and can develop symptoms, including decreased heart rate, low blood circulation, and pneumonia. If they do not receive treatment, cold-stunned sea turtles can be susceptible to drowning, infections, predation, and boat strikes.
 
“While sea turtles have been in the news lately, with record numbers of nests on Southeast US coastlines, their future remains guarded. The Florida Aquarium is working tirelessly to bring attention to this issue, and we are thrilled to be able to return the loggerhead we have affectionately named Jupiter back to his home,” said Roger German, President and CEO of The Florida Aquarium, “This is challenging work and while we celebrate these happy reunions of sea turtle and ocean, we know our job is never done. We count on the support of individuals, the community and partners like Florida Blue to make these rehabilitation and release stories possible.”
 
The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response team worked around the clock to monitor the treatment of the sea turtles affected by cold-stunning. They were able to warm the sea turtles to slowly raise their body temperature and provided them with additional supportive medical care.

We invite the news media to join us at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Park, 3100 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136 for photo and video opportunities of the sea turtles being released back into the wild, and for interview opportunities with The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team.

“Cases like Jupiter’s are always rewarding,” said Dr. Ari Fustukjian (Fuh-stook-shian), The Florida Aquarium’s Senior Staff Veterinarian. “To have an animal come in in such rough shape, and then watch them turn around and get to a place where they’re ready to get back out there, is really what rehab is all about”.
 
WHO: The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team
WHAT: Photo/video/interview opportunity: Jupiter, the loggerhead turtle that could! Jupiter, and three green sea turtles are heading back to the ocean.
WHEN: Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m. (Estimated release time) The team will be traveling from Apollo Beach, Florida starting at 7:00 a.m.
WHERE: Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area: 3100 S Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136
WHY: Sea turtles are a critical part of the ocean’s ecological system and play an essential role in the health of our oceans. The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Apollo Beach combines research and rehabilitation programs to give much-needed support to animals in distress or imminent danger and ecosystems faced with both natural and human-made threats.

For more information about The Florida Aquarium’s sea turtle conservation work, please visit www.flaquarium.org/apollobeach

All care and turtle rehabilitation by The Florida Aquarium is done with the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to marine turtles and authorized under conservation activities pursuant to FWC MTP-19-179.

 
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June 8, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

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Special Guest - People Magazine's Sexiest Veterinarian Dr. Evan Antin at 630pm ET to discuss dental care

 

 

Two federal agencies today issued a final rule that will revise the listing for green sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act, including reclassifying turtles originating from two breeding populations from endangered to threatened status due to successful conservation efforts. 

In addition, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will divide the turtles globally into 11 distinct populations segments, allowing for tailored conservation approaches for each population. Three of the segments will be reclassified as endangered, and the rest as threatened. Green sea turtles have been listed as a threatened species, with the exception of the endangered breeding populations, since 1978. 

“Successful conservation and management efforts developed in Florida and along the Pacific coast of Mexico are a roadmap for further recovery strategies of green turtle populations around the world," said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries. “Identifying distinct population segments across the green sea turtle’s range provides flexibility for managers to address specific challenges facing individual populations with a tailored approach. Ultimately, this will help us protect and conserve green sea turtles more efficiently and effectively, so that we can achieve our goal of recovering the species.” 

Years of coordinated conservation efforts, including protection of nesting beaches, reduction of bycatch in fisheries, and prohibitions on the direct harvest of sea turtles, have led to increasing numbers of turtles nesting in Florida and along the Pacific coast of Mexico. NOAA Fisheries and the Fish and Wildlife Service have reclassified the status of the two segments that include those breeding populations as threatened rather than endangered. 

“While threats remain for green sea turtles globally, the reclassification of green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico shows how ESA-inspired partnerships between the federal agencies, states, NGOs and even countries is making a real difference for some of our planet’s most imperiled species,” said Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe. 

The agencies reviewed the green sea turtle’s global status to determine the new classifications, taking into account advances in genetic studies and telemetry and tagging data, as well as more than 900 public comments on the proposal. The reclassification into distinct population segments allows managers to take a more targeted approach to the specific threats facing different populations, while maintaining federal protections for all turtles. 

Significant challenges remain to conserving and restoring green sea turtle populations around the world. Primary threats to green sea turtles include fisheries bycatch, habitat alteration, harvest of turtles and eggs, and disease. Development and rising seas from climate change are also leading to the loss of critical nesting beach habitat for green sea turtles. The agencies and partners continue to study green sea turtles to ensure that conservation and management decisions are driven by the best available science. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit www.fws.gov, or connect with them through any of these social media channels: FacebookTwitterFlickrYouTube. 

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 Additional resources: 

The science behind sea turtle research and management: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2014/10/10_30_14sea_turtle_skeletons.html
Bycatch prevention and sea turtles: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/fisheries_eco/bycatch/index.html


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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,  July 28, 2014 --(PR.com)-- July marks the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on the coasts of Los Cabos, Mexico and Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort and Spa, a five-star beachfront resort in Cabo San Lucas, leads the way in protecting these marvelous creatures.
Having created the Casa Dorada Sanctuary Project back in 2008 and working together with other local entities, the resort has dedicated significant financial and human resources to ensuring that adequate measures are in place to safeguard nests, protect eggs and eventually successfully release baby turtles into the sea.
Every late summer and fall, guests staying at Casa Dorada are fortunate to witness the arrival of female turtles on the beach right in front of the resort to lay their eggs. Then, 6 to 9 weeks later baby turtles are born making their way to the sea for the very first time, offering one of nature’s most touching spectacles. The most common turtle species encountered in Los Cabos is the olive ridley, whose regular nesting period is from July to October, while the release of baby turtles usually takes place in September and October.
Casa Dorada and its turtle conservation efforts To date, the Casa Dorada Sanctuary Project has protected more than 160,000 turtle eggs and released nearly 140,000 offspring into the sea. These efforts have helped in making the Cabo San Lucas Bay and Los Cabos a vitally important nesting area for the olive ridley.
Local involvement In order to continue protecting turtles in the area, regional governments have created The Los Cabos Sea Turtle Conservation Program. In 2005 many of the community’s hotels, resorts, restaurants, and organizations have joined in, creating The Los Cabos Sea Turtle Protection Network. In 2008, Casa Dorada was officially added to this strategic coalition. Later, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources granted the hotel federal permission to establish a working nursery for the safekeeping of olive ridley eggs, a privilege only a handful of institutions in the Southern Baja have enjoyed.
About Casa Dorada With an incomparable location on Medano Beach--the best swimmable beach of Cabo, Casa Dorada is just steps away from world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and the marina. As a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a collection of the world’s finest independent luxury hotels, Casa Dorada Los Cabos brings the upscale service and family-friendly features to the Cabo San Lucas oceanfront. The Resort grants visitors a more convenient, yet equally spectacular, alternative to the more remote hotel zone of the Tourist Corridor. Boasting unobstructed vistas of Land’s End and the famous Arch, Casa Dorada is just 30 minutes away from Los Cabos International Airport. All of the 185 spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and penthouses, open up to Los Cabos’ most dazzling ocean view, while the luminous and contemporary interiors ensure your comfort and satisfaction.