Will & Autumn Released in the Gulf Stream

CM-WPT-12-01-17-01 “Will” Green Turtle arrived 1/17/12  7.65 lbs
CM-JMG-12-01-06-01  “Autumn” Green Turtle arrived 1/6/12  5.5 lbs



3/7/12 Yesterday late Matthew Godfrey** notified aquarist Kristin Clark that a charter boat captain would be leaving from Hatteras at 5:30 a.m. this morning and was offering to release sea turtles into the Gulf Stream. He is the same captain who gave our Jason #1, Romano, and little baby Buster a ride out to the Gulf Stream from Morehead City 1/31/12. This time he was taking 2 loggerheads from further south and our little greens.

2/24/12 Will and Autumn were weighed and had blood drawn with these results:
 WILL            PCV 27%**                        Wt 7.92 lb.  gain of 0.27 lb.  
 AUTUMN  PCV 33%  (1/18/12= 23%)  Wt 6.16 lb.  gain of 0.56 lb.
This was not a great surprise. Autumn had been eating as much as we would give her for some time, catching the chunks of fish as they would fall thru the water…a joy to watch eat. Will had been eating quite well off the bottom of the tank. Based on NO scientific fact, I tend to refer to Autumn as having ADD…always busy peeping thru the lattice separating the two of them in the large tank and trying to stick her nose thru, especially if we fed Will first. She would also often swim kind of vertically, head bobbing out of the water looking around. New for me to see and fun to watch.

Tonight they both are swimming in the Gulf Stream, healthy and free.

*The hematocrit (Ht or HCT) or packed cell volume (PCV) or erythrocyte volume fraction (EVF) is the percentage of concentration of red blood cells in blood.


**Dr. Matthew Godfrey is coordinator of the NC State Sea Turtle Project



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5 Responses to Will & Autumn Released in the Gulf Stream

  1. Stephanie Westheiden says:

    I guess Autumn was finally able to get closer to Will as she has been trying to get thru or under the divider to him. It must be teenage love. Will miss seeing them but happy they are back “home”.

  2. Gin O'Neill says:

    Oh, how happy they must be. The charter captain has a special place in my heart.

  3. Wendy Chirico says:

    Oh Bravo!! At last their little ship has come it!! I wish them a safe journey home!Thanks Captain! :)

  4. Rae Hoelzer says:

    I’ll miss the little piggys but glad they’re home. It’s what we’re all about. NESTers are wonderful!!!!!! Thanks to the boat captain!