Sea Turtles :-)

By: Willow13 , 12:24 PM GMT on September 06, 2007

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Sea turtles are our Ambassadors of the oceans :-) Sea turtles spend their whole life in the ocean, except when they come back at maturity to lay their eggs at about 30-35 years of age. One of nature's most inspiring miracles is captured in this photo of a hatching nest of Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta). Only about ONE in FOUR THOUSAND hatchlings survive to adulthood when they will begin the cycle again by returning to their birthplace to nest. This section of my blog is dedicated to the sea turtles, our mystical, majestic, Ambassadors of the oceans!

Sea turtle hatching (Barrierislandgirl)
Loggerhead sea turtles hatched on Pensacola Beach this morning. This is a shot of them bursting out of the sand. Most sea turtles hatch at night, consequently this was a fantastic opportunity for an amateur photographer like me!
Sea turtle hatching
Georgia Sea Turtle Center (Willow13)
Opened to the public on World Sea Turtle Day, June 16, 2007. Website is www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Champions for Sea Turtles (Willow13)
Today was a happy day! Golden Boy, a rescued loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), was released into the Atlantic Ocean which is pictured in the background behind our hard working champions from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Go to www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org to see how these wonderful people help sea turtles.
Champions for Sea Turtles
Sea Turtles! (Willow13)
Sea Turtles!
Sea Turtle (VTG)
Although these are common around the pier, getting a picture of one is not easy. The only time they seem to come up is when they need air- and that is not very often! Sadly, all species of sea turtles are either threatened or endangered :(
Sea Turtle
Baby Terrapins (ofieldstream)
Baby terrapins being raised to release size in the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, GA.
Baby Terrapins
Dylan: Loggerhead Turtle (ofieldstream)
Dylan is a 'patient' at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island Georgia. He was a 'straggler': late hatchling and didn't make the 'mass migration'. Healthy, but awaiting wild reintroduction.
Dylan: Loggerhead Turtle
The NEW Georgia Sea Turtle Center, entry and donor's path (ofieldstream)
Bricks make up the donor's path. $100 buys a brick with an inscription and goes to support the work of the GSTC. Very interesting read up the walkway and back!!
The NEW  Georgia Sea Turtle Center, entry and donor's path
The NEW Georgia Sea Turtle Center (ofieldstream)
Just opened June 16, 2007 (International Sea Turtle Day) on Jekyll Island, GA, the GSTC searves as a rescue center as well coordinated research center for sea turtles.
The NEW  Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Dylan's Enrichment (Willow13)
This is Dylan chasing her block of ice. Inside the ice Dylan knows she will find yummy Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtle food! Dylan is learning to be a wild sea turtle. This way of feeding challenges and exercises her as she chases the ice around her tank. Dylan also eats live crabs which are a natural part of a loggerhead's diet. When Dylan is released next year she will be well prepared for life on her own in the Big Blue :) We have a cookbook we published to help raise the funds to care for these magnificent animals. It's called, Jekyll Island's Treasured Recipes, Cooking for Caretta caretta. If you go to this website, www.cookbooksforsale.com/displayCookbook.php?id=63760 you will find links to a wealth of information about the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and all the wonderful turtles in our care. Be sure and go to the blog www.gstc.blogspot.com to get all the latest information on our new arrivals - 5 young Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) and 2 young Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) - the most endangered of all the sea turle species. The 7 young sea turtles were rescued after being "cold-stunned" and stranded up north. They arrived at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center yesterday!
Dylan's Enrichment
Ice Block Beware! (Willow13)
This is Dylan sneaking up from below on her block of ice. Inside the ice Dylan knows she will find yummy Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtle food! Dylan is learning to be a wild sea turtle. This way of feeding challenges and exercises her as she chases the ice around her tank. Dylan also eats live crabs which are a natural part of a loggerhead's diet. When Dylan is released next year she will be well prepared for life on her own in the Big Blue :)We have a cookbook we published to help raise the funds to care for these magnificent animals. It's called, Jekyll Island's Treasured Recipes, Cooking for Caretta caretta. If you go to this website,www.cookbooksforsale.com/displayCookbook.php?id=63760 you will find links to a wealth of information about the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and all the wonderful turtles in our care. Be sure and go to the blog www.gstc.blogspot.com to get all the latest information on our new arrivals - 5 young Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) and 2 young Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) - the most endangered of all the sea turle species. The 7 young sea turtles were rescued after being "cold-stunned" and stranded up north. They arrived at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center yesterday!
Ice Block Beware!
Last bite! (Willow13)
And it's only a small piece of ice. She finished off the yummy morsels frozen in the large block of ice and now Dylan's enrichment is completed for today :) Don't forget to check out, Jekyll Island's Treasured Recipes, Cooking for Caretta caretta, www.cookbooksforsale.com/displayCookbook.php?id=63760 -Please click to help us be #1 in most "Hits". 100% of the profit goes to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center for the care of these magnificent animals, our ambassadors of the oceans. For the Turtles, THANK YOU!
Last bite!
Say, AAHHH! (Willow13)
This is one of the Green sea turtles getting it's first examination by our Director of Veterinary Services, Terry Norton, DVM. Erika, our Hospital Coordinator, is holding one of seven rescued "cold-stunned" sea turtles. Notice our outdoor pavilion is wrapped in plastic to hold in the heat. Even in SE Georgia the temperatures can get too cold at night for these young turtles. Unfortunately, these young turtles experienced weather conditions this year that carried them away from the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Fortunately, they were rescued and will recover at the new Georgia Sea Turtle Center and will be released as soon the weather permits. Go to georgiaseaturtlecenter.org to learn more about the 2 Kemp's ridley, and 5 Green sea turtles rescued. Kemp's ridley is the most endangered of all the sea turtle species!
Say, AAHHH!

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9. msgadget
5:16 AM GMT on July 03, 2008
Dylan, the 10 year old female Loggerhead sea turtle that has been residing at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center for the last several years, was released back into the wild on Monday, June 30, 2008 at about 11:00 AM. The release was filmed by a crew from Good Morning America. I do not know what the air date is, though.

Mu husband and I have just returned from two glorious weeks on Jekyll. We visited the Center while we were there. It is very impressive. My first encounter with the efforts to rehabilitate sea turtles was when the "group" was housed at the 4-H camp, about 20 years ago. They have certainly come a long way!
8. Willow13
12:34 AM GMT on October 03, 2007
Hello friends :)

I'm sorry I haven't replied to anyone! I have an elderly friend who had a stroke on Sept. 12 and I've been staying with her and helping her. She lost all ability to use her left arm and her left leg. She is improving everyday and we are hoping she will be able to walk again.

Thanks for your notes :)
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7. SunsetSailor
12:08 PM GMT on September 16, 2007
Hey Willow, are you enjoying the Shrimp and Grits Festival? I took the sunset cruise and the "Lady Jane" last night and the fresh shrimp (caught that day) was wonderful!!!Will go back today to look at the exhibits.
Laura
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6. auburn (Mod)
10:18 PM GMT on September 15, 2007
LOL...yes,I guess you are...
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5. auburn (Mod)
10:14 PM GMT on September 15, 2007
Are you going to put your blog back up soon?
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4. Alleyoops
12:13 PM GMT on September 08, 2007
{{WILLOW}}

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3. GardenGrrl
9:08 AM GMT on September 08, 2007
Cool!
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2. CATAWIFE1
4:29 AM GMT on September 08, 2007
Willow, Cool Blog!
My Hubby us a diver and he said one of his favorite dives was when he came face to face with a HUGE sea turtle. He said it was as big as our pool table! WOW
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1. Alleyoops
12:45 PM GMT on September 06, 2007
Good morning Willow..Wow what great information. I have often seen them on some of the science programs we get up here and have always wondered how those little guys dig themselves out to make the mad dash to the ocean. Its quite the feat. Thank you for bringing to us and for the fine work these people are doing to help protect the species...

Have a wonderful day.
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