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Florida Aquarium Tracks Rescued Sea Turtle To Better Understand The Species

Video: Florida aquarium tracks rescued sea turtle to better understand the species A rescued juvenile loggerhead sea turtle was given another chance at life. (WFTV)

TAMPA, Fla. — A rescued juvenile loggerhead sea turtle was given another chance at life.

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The sea turtle, named Palmer, was rescued after it was stranded in Cape Cod, Massachusetts as a result of a cold-stun event.

Officials said cold-stunning occurs when cold-blooded animals, like sea turtles, are exposed to unusually cold water and air temperatures for an extended period of time; causing a hypothermic reaction that may include a lower heart rate, decreased circulation, lethargy, pneumonia, secondary bacterial infections and if left untreated, death.

Photos: Florida aquarium tracks rescued sea turtle to better understand the species

Florida aquarium tracks rescued sea turtle to better understand the species

Palmer was brought down with three other turtles to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa to recover and be rehabilitated.

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Arriving at the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in early January, Palmer received a regimen of antibiotics and supportive care by the professionals at the Florida Aquarium until his release back to the open ocean on April 21, officials said.

Before Palmer was released, he was equipped with a satellite tag which allows scientists to acquire data including diving, feeding, migratory and other activity patterns along with corresponding environmental conditions such as water temperatures.

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Officials said the data will help to provide key insight for future conservation efforts.

A map showing Palmer’s movements can be found by visiting the Florida Aquarium’s website here.

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