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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 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.