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Sea Turtle Release, Ossabaw Island

Since travel here is strictly limited to ecotourism, educational programs, and controlled hunts, and often sold out months in advance, I feel fortunate to have participated in one of the Ossabaw Island Foundation‘s Sea Turtle Walks last weekend.

Besides having access to the architectural landmarks of the North End and seeing the unmatched natural beauty of the island, the trip affords one the opportunity to observe sea turtle research being done here.

Though we didn’t see an active nest, we were able to observe methods used by interns to determine environmental factors affecting species survival. The eggs pictured above were all spoiled.

We were able to watch a rescued hatchling Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) on its return to the sea. Even though this species nests more frequently than other sea turtles, it’s the most critically endangered in the world.

 

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Sea Turtle Release, Jekyll Island

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Public Event Release Rehabilitation Prepping Staging Area Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

I was lucky enough to be on Jekyll Island this weekend for the release of two rehabilitated “patients” by the great folks at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. A large crowd was on hand to witness this special event.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Release at Great Dunes Park Jekyll Island GA Endangered Species Wildlife Rehabilitation Management Public Event Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Release at Great Dunes Park Jekyll Island GA Well Wishes Endangered Species Wildlife Rehabilitation Management Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The first of the two releases was an immature Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) named Ebb. Ebb was found in a tidal pool on Jekyll Island on 7 July 2013 and was a bit anemic.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Chelonia mydas Release Ebb Green Sea Turtle Supporting Crowds Jekyll Island GA Picture Image Photograph © Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Chelonia mydas Release Ebb Green Sea Turtle Jekyll Island GA Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas Ebb Release Atlantic Ocean Jekyll Island GA Endangered Species Picture Image Photograph © Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas Ebb Release at Great Dunes Park Jekyll Island GA Endangered Species Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

 

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Release Event Crowds Watching Jekyll Island GA Glory Beach Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The second patient to be returned to the Atlantic Ocean was Cinnamon, a Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta). The sub-adult turtle, approximately 15 years old, was found stranded on Blackbeard Island on 29 June 2013 and was rehabilitated at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s Turtle Hospital.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta Cinammon Release Going Back into Atlantic Ocean Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Rehabilitated 15 Year Old Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta Cinammon Going Back into Atlantic Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta Cinammon Released Going Back into Atlantic Ocean Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island Rehabilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta Cinammon Release Going Back into Atlantic Ocean Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island GA Painted Van Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

The work of the center is ongoing, including perhaps the most important work of all, the monitoring of sea turtle nests around the island and on other barrier islands. Nesting appears to have steadily increased since the work was initiated, and for the fourth consecutive year a record number have been recorded. 2,241 have been monitored this year!

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island GA Glory Beach South Dunes Area Checking Nests Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Please visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center when you find yourself on Jekyll Island. It’s some of the best work the state of Georgia does and though admission to the hospital is a bit expensive, all the monies are used exclusively for the educational and rehabilitative mission of the center. They’re located at the old Jekyll Island Power Plant (1903), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center Jekyll Island GA Old Club Power Station Restored Wildlife Rehabilitation Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

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