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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2008-07-29 00:00:00
Release Location: Casey Key
Last Location: 2009-06-17 11:03:48
Gabriel Lee - Collin Walsh
Mr. Green's Gr. 4 & Gr. 5 AGP Classes
Kelly is a new turtle measuring 93.3 cm curved carapace length. Kelly the turtle was named by David and Ann Samek for Kelly Samek, an environmental lawyer at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Kelly also used to regularly update the news and legal info for Seaturtle.org. The Sameks have fond memories of sea turtles from when they lived near Bonita Beach. Kelly the turtle will be involved as a subject in studies of genetics, barnacle biodiversity, stable isotopes, nest frequency, and nest site selection.
As the water temperature cooled over the winter, Kelly moved southwards and now that the water temp is warming, she has moved back north. Turtles being 'cold blooded' or poikilothermic are looking for a thermal refugia. Compare Kelly's movement to Virginia (Casey 2005) who moved offshore for the winter. Also compare to some of the Bald Head Island Loggerheads who have a unique pattern of staying near the warm waters of the Gulf Stream for the winter, then move further north as summer approaches. Interesting isn't it? that turtles are responding to local influences of the water current, water temperature, and bottom topography as they move to remain in a thermal preference range.