Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sea Turtle release

On March 7th, 2012, our two long-time residents of the Dr Ott Turtle Pond on Kwajalein Atoll, Big Guy and Speedo, were released back into the wild after having spent their lifetime so far in captivity. After having a full medical exam, being tagged with GPS trackers and having a "B" and "S" painted onto their backs, they were lowered into the water and let go.

We all wish them the best of luck, but this was a fairly contentious issue on the island. Of primary concern was that these turtles have spent their entire lives in captivity and as such have apparently no fear of humans; Big Guy especially seemed to like people, and when you'd walk along the edge of the turtle pond he would often follow you, probably hoping for some tasty snacks.

Best of luck, Speedo and Big Guy. We'll all miss you.

Friday, March 2, 2012