The Georgia Sea Turtle Center will be kicking off out annual Turtleween spook-tacular with a turtle release!
Ossa is a juvenile green sea turtle who stranded on Ossabaw Island, Georgia on May 24, 2013. Ossa arrived debilitated, meaning that he/she was covered in epibiota (barnacles and leeches), was emaciated, and anemic. Typically barnacles don’t negatively affect sea turtle shells; however when a turtle is already not feeling well, barnacles can cause damage to the top layer of shell (keratin) and expose the bone underneath. This was the case with Ossa. You can still see some of the scars that have formed on Ossa’s top shell or carapace. Ossa has healed well during her stay at the GSTC and has gained weight and is no longer anemic. He/she is ready for release this Saturday at 10:45AM on the beach in front of Great Dunes Pavilion on Jekyll Island.
After the release, come to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center for our family friendly Turtleween celebration. The event will be held from 11 am to 3 pm and is free for the cost of general admission. We will have games, crafts, trick or treating in the historic district, a hay ride, costume contest with great prizes, & a creature feature with live animals every hour. For more information visit our website www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org. Come join the family fun this Saturday!