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Today

Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date
: September 18, 2019
Stranding Location: Jensen Beach, FL

Initial Weight
: 265.32 lbs.
Current Weight: 265.32 lbs.

Issue: Monofilament Ingestion/Entanglement

“Today” is an adult female green turtle who was named after NBC’s Today Show. The turtle was found by Inwater Research Group biologists on September 18, 2019 with monofilament line emerging from her cloaca. As a result, the turtle was brought to The Sea Turtle Hospital at LMC. The patient successfully passed the line overnight in our hospital. "Today" was otherwise healthy, so the 265 lbs. turtle was released in partnership with NBC's Today Show on #TurtleTuesday September 24th from Juno Beach, FL.

The staff, volunteers, and Board of directors of Loggerhead Marinelife Center would like to take this opportunity to thank Emmy Award winning journalist Kerry Sanders along with his team and the entire team at NBC's Today Show for helping us amplify our mission of global ocean and sea turtle conservation. Please join our efforts by becoming a member.
Additionally you can help by:
- Adopting "Today" for a friend or family member
- Supporting our sea turtle hospital expansion
- Shopping in our online store
- Attending one of our signature events (Go Blue Awards Luncheon, Beach Bash Palm Beach, TurtleFest)

 


TODAY'S TRACKING STATISTICS

 


Release Date:
September 24, 2019

Transmitter Type: Wildlife Computers Splash 10F

Data Collected: GPS location, Water Temperature, and Behavior Information

Expected Lifespan of Tag: 6 months to a year

*Note: Although at points it may appear as though Today is tracking on land, this is just associated with normal errors in the Argos satellite system. Rest assured, the turtle is swimming in the ocean.

“Today” is an adult female green turtle who was named after NBC’s Today Show. The turtle was found by Inwater Research Group biologists on September 18, 2019 with monofilament line emerging from her cloaca. As a result, the turtle was brought to The Sea Turtle Hospital at LMC. The turtle successfully passed the line overnight in our hospital. Today was otherwise healthy, so the 265 lbs. turtle was cleared for release.

Update 11/25/2019
Today is still located off of Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park.

Update 11/05/19
When Today was released, the turtle headed straight south, hugging our South Florida coastline. Today made it to Biscayne Bay on Sept 29, just three days after release. The turtle has stayed in that area within Biscayne Bay National Park since then. Biscayne Bay is a known foraging ground for green turtles so is not surprising that Today, a female green sea turtle, has taken up residence in the area. Today is swimming in approximately 13 meters of water and has been making short, shallow foraging dives as well as longer, deeper resting dives to the seafloor. This suggests that Today is behaving normally since release.

Update 10/23/2019
Today is still located off of Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park.

Update 9/30/2019
Since her release, Today has traveled south along the coastline. Today is currently located off of Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park.

Update 9/24/2019
Today was returned to her ocean home from the beach behind LMC today.


PROGRESS NOTES:

09/24/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)Today was successfully released earlier this morning during a live segment of the Today Show!

09/19/2019 - Sea_turtle_icon(green)New Patient