Sea turtle rescue by SCCF takes a group effort
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Sea Turtle Hotline received a call on June 5 about a sea turtle offshore. A male loggerhead was exhibiting abnormal behavior and was having trouble surfacing for air.
Staff quickly mobilized and tried to swim to the turtle’s aid. However, due to the deep water, the attempted rescue was ineffective. Linda Linsmayer and Billy Kirkland, of Billy’s Bikes, lent SCCF the use of their kayak and boat, which staff and volunteers used to stabilize the turtle and bring him to shore. The turtle was turned over to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.
Since sea turtles remain at sea for the entirety of their lives following a short stint on the beach as a hatchling, it was a rare opportunity to encounter an adult male sea turtle. The subject of fewer research studies – as compared to the more frequently encountered adult female population – much still remains to be discovered about adult males. As researchers investigate the potential feminization of sea turtles in Florida, the dynamics of the male population become even more critical to understand. Every male is important to maintaining sustainable breeding populations.
Those own or operate a boat and would be interested in volunteering their time and effort to assist SCCF in the recovery of stranded sea turtles can contact 239-472-3984.
If you see a sea turtle in distress, call the hotline at 978-728-3663 (978-SAVE-ONE).
For more information, visit “http://www.sccf.org”>www.sccf.org or call 239-472-2329.