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Release Date: October 17, 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

Howard is an adult male loggerhead turtle that was found by the biologists with Inwater Research Group at FPL’s St. Lucie site on March 13, 2019. The turtle had an unintentional boat strike injury to the left rear flipper, tail and marginal carapace. The injury appeared to be about a week old. Due to blood loss the turtle was anemic upon arrival at the Sea Turtle Hospital at LMC, but fortunately did not need a blood transfusion. After seven months, Howard’s wounds were healed and the turtle was cleared for release. Howard was fitted with a satellite transmitter prior to release so that biologists can follow the turtle’s movements post-rehabilitation to ensure the turtle returns to normal behavior in the wild. 

Update 10/23/2019
Since his release, Howard has been traveling north along the coastline. He is so close to shore that his track sometimes appears to be on land as a result of errors in the satellite data. Rest assured the turtle is swimming in the big blue. In the six days since his release, Howard has made it to Vero Beach, Florida.

Update 10/17/2019
Howard was released from Juno Beach today!