Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thinking Green Thursday

It is Thinking Green Thursday once again. Visit Michelle, and please do add your thoughts about keeping our world green.

Tootie, of Turtle Talk With Tootie, has posted for the first time this year, and she has some interesting news. It seems that on Monday, and again on Tuesday of this week, Florida shores were visited by an endangered loggerhead turtle. The adult female weighed in at about 600 pounds. She wore a metal tag, indicating that she probably swam here from Costa Rica. She was found on Big Hickory Island in a State Park, and may or may not have nested, which would have been unusual for this time of year. She seemed to be disoriented. On the second day she was picked up by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Tootie's blog post contains links to the site, where you can find further details, pictures and a video. The pictures shown here are from that site.

During the season, Tootie helps patrol the beach near her home, attempting to protect the nests of these and other endangered turtles. She often shows us some beautiful videos on her posts.

Incidentally, yesterday's Sea Notes also dealt with sea turtles, if you're interested.

Last minute update -

In yesterday's post, Tootie has an updated report on the turtle. (They've named her Lizzie.) It has been determined that she weighs - are you ready for this? - 787 pounds! She is about 40 years old, and was actually tagged in Columbia, South America. Do follow the link to get more details.


Ralph said...

That is one big turtle.

Daryl said...

Fascinating stuff .... I suspect 787 lbs is not all that much for an adult turtle

Maia T said...

What a lovely subject you have chosen for today.
I've never seen such a huge Lizzie.
Thanks for the interesting links. said...

imagine how exciting it would be to discover this turtle on the beach?!

Kay said...

787 pounds? Wow! I can see where she'd be hard to move.

kenju said...

Bobbie, I once read a book about the turtles that come ashore in South Carolina to lay eggs, and I enjoyed it very much. (Can't remember the name, of course).

I am having more and more trouble getting into your blog. I think it has something to do with the fact that my computer is old and you have a large number of large photos, and it takes a long, long time for your posts to load for me. I just wanted you to know that.

Unknown said...

Great story. Thanks, Bobbie!

Rambling Woods said...

What an amazing story..I am going to go and read more about it. Thanks for posting this to Thinking Green Bobbie...Michelle