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Stolen Loggerheads to be Returned to the Atlantic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 27, 2001

Contact:
Marinelife Center, 561-627-8280
Jim Huffstodt, FFWCC, 850-625-5132
Pat Peters, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium; 614-645-3490
Tom MacKenzie, 404-679-7291, Pgr 800-863-6946, Mobile 404-909-2243

WHO:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Marinelife Center at Juno Beach

WHAT:
Three opportunities to see rescued threatened loggerhead hatchlings being transported at the airport, at the Health Assessment Check point, and at a send-off at the dock to the release site in the Sargassum seaweed (6-10 miles at sea) off the east coast of Florida in the Palm Beach area.

WHEN & WHERE:
Tuesday - August 28, 2001 11:00 a.m. (EST)
Palm Beach Signature Flight area, 1500 Perimeter Rd., Palm Beach Intl. Airport West
Palm Beach, FL

Tuesday - @ 1:00 p.m. August 28, 2001
Marinelife Center of Juno Beach, 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, Florida 33408
(561) 627-8280

Wednesday August 29 - 10 a.m.
Phil Foster County Park boat ramp (Riviera Beach)(weather dependent)
May have press boat available.

INFO:
The 20 threatened loggerhead hatchlings are being returned from Ohio where a tourist had allegedly taken eggs from Florida's east coast near Hillsboro Beach. The hatched turtles then came into the possession of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The incident is under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Raiding sea turtle nests or otherwise harming them is a violation of the Endangered Species Act. These hatchling turtles will be released at sea to afford better chance of survival, and to coincide with their approximate location at this stage of their life. They can't be released at the beach as they have already used up critical energy from their yoke sack that would get them through the dangerous trek down the beach, to the surf, then through the coastal waters. For more information:
http://southeast.fws.gov
http://floridaconservation.org/links/links.html
http://www.marinelife.org/
http://www.colszoo.org/
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/prot_res/species/turtles/loggerhead.html.
http://endangered.fws.gov/i/c1t.html.




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