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Macklemore is a juvenile green turtle that was captured by East Coast Biologists while conducting marine turtle population studies in July 2020. The turtle was captured a second time in August 2020 and was not looking very healthy. The turtle was transported to Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center due to heavy barnacle load on its carapace and overall lethargy. There, Macklemore spent a few months receiving care before being released in October 2020. In March 2021, East Coast Biologists re-captured Macklemore, who still appeared to be a happy, healthy turtle munching on algae!
East Coast Biologists captured Venus while conducting marine turtle population studies in July 2020. The turtle had severe wounds from monofilament (fishing) line that was so tightly wrapped around both front flippers that it had cut through the skin. East Coast Biologists transported Venus to Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center (STHC) where they found that the fishing line cut through to the bone of both front flippers. Venus survived its injuries and currently remains a patient at Brevard Zoo STHC.
Bob'n'Doug is a juvenile green turtle that was captured by East Coast Biologists while conducting their population studies in July 2020. This little green turtle had monofilament line wrapped around its right front flipper that also trailed out of its mouth. East Coast Biologists transported Bob'n'Doug to Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center (STHC). Bob'n'Doug survived its injuries and was released Aug 2020.