Green Sea Turtle
Species: Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Weight: ~ 60 lbs.
Diet: Squid and Leafy Greens
Stranded: 05/09/01, Duval County (east coast of Florida)
Story: Lost both front flippers due to tangling in monofilament fishing line, and now unable to swim or submerge properly.
Personality: Cuddly (for a sea turtle)
Loves: Back rubs
Known For: Crunching ice cubes
Can Be Found: Floating around, looking for a back rub
Did You Know? She's only a teenager in turtle years!
Stubby was picked up by Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI) and brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on May 9, 2001 because she had sustained severe injuries from a monofilament entanglement. Both of her front flippers were missing, pieces of her rear flippers had been nibbled off, and she had a buoyancy disorder. Stubby's wounds healed, but she continued to float and is unable to dive because she lacks front flippers. Even though she has had many difficulties, Stubby is one of the happiest turtles at the aquarium. She quickly swims over to "greet" anyone who visits her pool, she loves eating greens and receiving a lot of tactile from our interns and volunteers during her feeding sessions. Stubby happily resides in "Turtle Cove", with her pool-mates, Bailey and Rob.