Official Statement From Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Issued August 24, 2011:

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is deeply saddened to report that Andre, the sea turtle that captured the attention and adoration of the community, was found deceased on Hutchinson Island early this morning in such a poor condition that a cause of death could not be determined.

The scientific advancements we made while rehabilitating Andre are already being applied in the treatment of other threatened and endangered sea turtles.  With ongoing community support, we will continue our work in education, research and rehabilitation with incredible passion. We are committed to making sure sea turtles live in an ocean that is free from threats to their survival. The sad and unexpected news of Andre’s passing reminds us that his plight inspired many people to understand the continued need for ocean conservation.

We’d like to thank the community, our volunteers and the countless people from all over the world that supported Andre during his rehabilitation at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. If you would like a place to share your feelings, please feel free to post your comments below.