BRODY'S TRACKING STATISTICS
Release Date: September 30, 2020
Transmitter Type: Wildlife Computers Splash 10F
Data Collected: GPS location, Water Temperature, and Behavior Information
Expected Lifespan of Tag: 6 months to a year
Brody is an adult male loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found floating offshore of Fort Pierce entangled in fishing line. The line was wrapped around the turtle’s neck, causing a deep constriction wound. Brody also ingested the line, which was embedded into his jaw, extending into his esophagus, and trailing out the cloaca. The entanglement was removed, and the turtle has since passed all of the line extending out of his cloaca. Radiographs revealed mild pneumonia and free air in the turtle’s coelomic cavity, possibly due to a tear in the lung. Upon arrival, Brody was put into freshwater to remove the barnacles, leeches, and other epibiota that covered his body. The turtle received fluids, antibiotics, topical wound treatments, and nebulization treatments, for the constriction wounds, pneumonia, and buoyancy disorder.
Since Brody’s release, he has traveled north along the coastline, reaching the area off of Wilmington, North Carolina on November 15, 2020. This area is a well-known winter foraging ground for loggerhead turtles.
Brody was released from Juno Beach, Florida on September 30, 2020. Follow along here to see where Brody goes!