Joey's Story

Joey's Story

Released September 11, 2008

On August 14, 2002, Joey entered the world as a straggler hatchling. Joey was transferred to the Aquarium at Skidaway Institute for Oceanography in Savannah, GA. Joey joined the Georgia Aquarium family on Jan. 16, 2006, joining loggerhead sea turtle Dylan, who was released in June 2008. While at the Georgia Aquarium, Joey gained 88 lbs and grew 8.5 inches in length. During its last physical, the turtle weighed 117 lbs, and its carapace was 31 inches long.

On April 30, 2008, Joey, whose sex is unknown, was transported to the Aquarium's off-site quarantine facility in order to be weaned off human care in preparation for release. After four months of successfully learning the skills needed to return to its native habitat – including identifying and capturing natural prey such as blue crabs, horseshoe crabs and whelks – the time has come for the Georgia Aquarium to say goodbye to Joey.

Biologists from the Georgia Aquarium, in collaboration with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, released Joey on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 on St. Simons Island, GA. Prior to the release, Joey was fitted with a special satellite transmitter, provided by Georgia Aquarium, which allows Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC) researchers and visitors to the GSTC and Georgia Aquarium websites the opportunity to monitor Joey's activities and movements. By studying these movements, researchers may be able to document some of the differences between learned and inherited behaviors of sea turtles.

You can help the Aquarium release more sea turtles by donating to our 4R Program! Click here to learn more.