Murphy's Story

Murphy's Story

Murphy's Story

Rescued in 2009 - Released Aug. 31, 2011

Murphy - As a stranded hatchling, Murphy first lived at the Jekyll Island 4H Center and later headed to the Georgia Aquarium. While at the Aquarium, he was an ambassador to his species by educating millions of our guests about this charismatic species and the perils they face. Murphy grew to a size that would increase his chance of survival, so it was time to plan a release. On Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, Aquarium transport team members moved Murphy to a specially designed transport unit. Aquarium veterinarians, biologists and transport team members traveled with Murphy from Atlanta to the turtle's final destination on the beach of Jekyll Island. We hope that Murphy will reproduce and help the population increase in the wild.

As if the animal release wasn't exciting enough, Emmy Award-winning TV host and animal advocate, Jeff Corwin, joined the Aquarium for this special occasion to film an episode for the television series Ocean Mysteries. Georgia Aquarium, working in partnership with Litton Entertainment, launched Ocean Mysteries, an all-new, 26-episode, weekly TV series on ABC. Murphy was featured on one of the episodes!