Green Sea Turtle
Species: Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Weight: ~130 lbs.
Stranded: 1-14-02, Titusville, FL (east coast of Florida)
Story: A hit by a boat caused air in her lungs to be forced into her body cavity, where it became permanently trapped &created a buoyancy issue.
Known For: Having a "bubble butt"
Can Be Found: Sticking her bottom up in the water
Did You Know? Sea turtles are vulnerable to boat strikes because they must come to the surface to breathe.
Titus was brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium from Titusville (on the East coast) on January 14, 2002. She had an old propeller injury, a small treatable papilloma tumor, and a buoyancy disorder very similar to Bailey's. Titus had her papilloma removed only 3 months after her arrival, and she was transported to MOTE in March 2007 in order to see how she would adapt to a deep water environment, and evaluate whether or not she would be able to be released. Once it was determined that Titus would not be a candidate for an eventual release, she was returned to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to become a permanent member of our sea turtle family. Titus loves to eat greens, and swims directly over to the ledge during feeding sessions to receive some tactile! She can often be found sleeping under the "rocks" in her pool, located at "Turtle Bayou".