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Release Date:
June 19, 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

Bovenizer is an adult male loggerhead turtle that was found at the intake canal of FPL's St. Lucie Site on April 14, 2019. Biologists with Inwater Research Group brought the turtle to LMC's Sea Turtle Hospital because the animal was underweight and had a soft plastron (you could see the heart beating through it). Initial bloodwork and radiographs appeared normal, but an ultrasound of the heart and major vessels suggested the presence of endarteritis, an inflammation of the vessels, probably caused by a parasite in the blood.

Bovenizer was treated for internal parasites and follow-up ultrasounds showed signs of improvement. On June 19, 2019 Bovenizer was released from Juno Beach with a satellite transmitter affixed to his carapace. This tracker will allow biologists to follow Bovenizer's movements and behavior post-release.

Update 9/16/2019:
After spending around three weeks off the coast of Sebastian, Florida, Bovenizer started swimming south again. The turtle has followed the coastline south and is now located between Key West and the Marquesas Keys. The turtle is in the same area that Harry, the olive ridley we are tracking, is located.

Update 8/26/2019:
Bovenizer is still in the same location, off the coast of Sebastian, Florida.

Update 8/9/2019:
Bovenizer has continued to travel south and is now located off the coast of Sebastian, Florida.

Update 7/25/2019:
Bovenizer has continued to travel south and is now located off the coast of Palm Coast, Florida.

Update 7/12/2019:
Bovenizer continued to travel north along the coast until he reached the waters off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia! On July 10, Bovenizer started traveling south along the coast and is currently off the coast of Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Update 7/2/2019:
Since his release, Bovenizer has traveled north along the coast. Bovenizer is currently off St. Augustine, Florida.

Update 6/19/2019:
Bovenizer, an adult male loggerhead turtle, was released from Juno Beach today.