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 Post subject: Sea Turtle Identity
PostPosted: July 22nd, 2011, 9:35 pm 
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What is this guy, I'm having trouble identifying.

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtle Identity
PostPosted: July 23rd, 2011, 5:10 am 
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PostPosted: July 23rd, 2011, 7:51 am 
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Looks like it was caught while pier fishing? I'm curious what bait it took.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtle Identity
PostPosted: July 23rd, 2011, 7:55 am 
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Please tell us this has a happy ending, and they returned it to the ocean...


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtle Identity
PostPosted: July 24th, 2011, 2:49 pm 
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The picture of him on the ground is when I was pulling the hook out of him. The black guy accidently hooked him when reeling in his bait. He was hooked between the neck and the flipper. I took the hook out, we took a few pics and let him go. Shrimp was on the hook. His injury was miniscule and he swam off happy.


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PostPosted: July 24th, 2011, 2:50 pm 
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The picture of him on the ground is when I was pulling the hook out of him. The black guy accidently hooked him when reeling in his bait. He was hooked between the neck and the flipper. I took the hook out, we took a few pics and let him go. Shrimp was on the hook. His injury was miniscule and he swam off happy.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtle Identity
PostPosted: July 24th, 2011, 3:53 pm 

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Umm, that really looks like a ridley to me. The color is way off and the head is too small (even for a juvenile) for it to be a loggerhead. I can't make out the head scutes though to be sure.
Where was this caught?
I say ridley based on the photos...but then again, Jason B could be right.


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PostPosted: July 24th, 2011, 4:24 pm 
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At first I though it was also a loggerhead since that one scale appears to be an extra claw. Upon further review I now think it is a Kemp's Ridley too.
http://conserveturtles.org/seaturtleinf ... pecies_id6


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PostPosted: July 24th, 2011, 5:52 pm 
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Great turtle!


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PostPosted: July 24th, 2011, 6:09 pm 
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Awesome! There are multiple loggerhead nests on the beach adjacent to my house. It sucks having to wait like eight weeks... :D

( sdbeazley, thanks, that site is pretty cool. )


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PostPosted: July 24th, 2011, 6:40 pm 
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This was at St. Simmons Island Pier.


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PostPosted: July 24th, 2011, 6:44 pm 
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So yall are saying that I was holding the world's most endangered sea turtle?


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PostPosted: July 25th, 2011, 7:12 am 
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I had this guy confirmed to be a kemps by an expert at georgia sea turtle center... Awesome!!!


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2011, 5:36 am 
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Sorry I am a little late, but that is definitely a Ridley. The beak color alone is all wrong for a Loggerhead.

That's pretty cool.
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PostPosted: July 26th, 2011, 7:45 am 
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No, it's a loggerhead. They're common here so I know. ;)


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2011, 12:40 pm 
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Ha ha! I guess you guys do have 'loggerheads' up there, but only in Western KY from what I know, right?


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Turtle Identity
PostPosted: July 26th, 2011, 1:57 pm 
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Yeah, they show up occasionally in W. KY. When I was a boy my dad caught a big alligator snapper while fishing in a slough. I remember he tried to bring it home. He put the turtle in the back of our small car with me holding a stick in its mouth. He couldn't talk mom into getting into the car so he ended up letting it go. Dad called it a 'gator turtle'.

Regarding the Ripley, is anyone aware of an aquarium or zoo that has them on display? I've seen greens, loggerheads and the occasional hawskbill, but I don't recall ever seeing a Ripley at an aquarium.

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PostPosted: July 26th, 2011, 2:27 pm 

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Jason B wrote:
Yeah, they show up occasionally in W. KY. When I was a boy my dad caught a big alligator snapper while fishing in a slough. I remember he tried to bring it home. He put the turtle in the back of our small car with me holding a stick in its mouth. He couldn't talk mom into getting into the car so he ended up letting it go. Dad called it a 'gator turtle'.

Regarding the Ripley, is anyone aware of an aquarium or zoo that has them on display? I've seen greens, loggerheads and the occasional hawskbill, but I don't recall ever seeing a Ripley at an aquarium.

Jb



They have a number of them at the Gulf Aquarium and Supply Co. (or whatever the name is...) in Panacea, Florida. It is the place run by Jack Rudloe who has written a bunch of fairly good books.


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2011, 2:32 pm 
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That's a funny story Jason, I can picture the scene!

I don't know if the rehab facility at the GA Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island counts as 'display', but they have Ridleys in their holding tubs there periodically as they are recovering.

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PostPosted: July 26th, 2011, 6:17 pm 
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Ironically enough, the day before this guy was caught, I was eyeing one of the Kemps Ridleys at the center on jekyl island. I was wondering how much trouble I would get in if I hopped the fence and grabbed the guy to take a pic. Then this happens haha.


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PostPosted: July 29th, 2011, 11:59 am 
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Awesome, I have never seen a Sea Turtle period, so that would have made my season........... :D


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PostPosted: July 8th, 2012, 7:59 am 
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SnakeStick wrote:
Awesome! There are multiple loggerhead nests on the beach adjacent to my house. It sucks having to wait like eight weeks... :D

( sdbeazley, thanks, that site is pretty cool. )


hey atleast you have nests near your house ive only seen sea turtles while sailing and ive never got piccs :roll:


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PostPosted: July 9th, 2012, 7:09 am 

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Congrats, Joseph. Looks like you are having a fantastic summer!


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PostPosted: July 9th, 2012, 1:10 pm 
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Tamara D. McConnell wrote:
Congrats, Joseph. Looks like you are having a fantastic summer!


Last summer, at least :thumb:


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PostPosted: July 9th, 2012, 10:48 pm 
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Now that's a beautiful Loggerhead you have there, I am glad he didn't have to much damage done to him.


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2012, 12:40 am 

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Congrats, Joseph. Looks like you are having a fantastic summer!


Last summer, at least


I did think Joseph looked different, but I had attributed it to me not having my glasses. :lol:


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