The Life and Times of Cavatappi the Sea Turtle

On November 9, 2019, a sub-adult loggerhead was stranded on Long Island due to cold stunning, a phenomenon like hypothermia. In addition to being cold-stunned, the animal also was entangled in a monofilament fishing line and had evidence of some sort of vessel interaction.

The animal was rescued and rehabilitated by New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC). After 9 months of rehabilitation, the newly named Cavatappi was equipped with a satellite tag from Wildlife Computers and released locally in New York waters. The tag transmitted over a year and showcased normal southern coastal movement patterns as local water temperatures changed. These data are part of a larger research project at NYMRC examining the post-release movement pattern of rehabilitated sea turtles and identifying foraging areas for local New York populations.

For more information reach out to Rescue Program Director Maxine Montello at

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