VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team will release a rehabilitated turtle near 31st Street at the Oceanfront Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
“Shredder” was accidentally hooked by a recreational fisherman off the Little Island Fishing Pier in Sandbridge on May 23. Although the hook was removed at the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Care Center and the turtle’s sore throat has healed, Shredder has become somewhat of a hero because of his appearance. A fourth of his carapace is gone due to a probable shark bite which has naturally healed.
Shredder will have an acoustic tag that transmits a coded message underwater and is received by units maintained by the US Navy. The purpose of this research is to track the fine scale movements of sea turtles in Chesapeake Bay and coastal ocean waters to allow Navy scientists to develop better measures for protecting sea turtles in the vicinity of naval assets and training exercises.
To report a dead or live stranded marine mammal or sea turtle call the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program 24-hour hotline at (757) 385-7575.
13News Now anchor Joe Flanagan recently spent time with the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team. Click here for his report.