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Reason for Stranding
Gerry's Patient History
Gerry stranded on South Padre Island during Hurricane Allen in 1980. He had no physical injuries, so he likely washed ashore due to the strong turbulent waters of the hurricane. Gerry was used an an education turtle by Sea Turtle, Inc. founder, Ila Loetscher. He often traveled to different events to spread awareness about sea turtle conservation. Unfortunately, the constant human contact made Gerry too socialized to return to the wild. Gerry still plays an important role in our facility by spreading awareness to the public about sea turtle conservation.
Did You Know?
After stranding, each sea turtle is given a name to help identify them. Gerry originally was named Geraldine and grew up in a tank with fellow resident, Merry Christmas. Green sea turtles mature in their mid-20s; when Geraldine reached this age she grew a long tail. That’s when we found out that she was not a she, but a he! Geraldine then became Gerry.
Ways to help Gerry's Recovery
One of the three primary missions at Sea Turtle, Inc. is rehabilitation. We work hard to rescue and return every sea turtle back to the wild. Proceeds from this adoption will go directly to purchase needed medical supplies, veterinary exams, x-rays, food and general care for our rehab turtles.