Sea Turtle Program

National Georgraphic Magazine with Article by Anne Rudloe and Jack Rudloe

GSML’s sea turtle research and conservation program, began in 1964, is the third oldest in the United States. GSML was an early advocate of providing legal protection when sea turtles were still commercially harvested. After passage of the federal Endangered Species Act, GSML coordinated with state and federal agencies and became the regional sea turtle rehabilitation center. GSML directors Jack and Anne Rudloe published a cover story in National Geographic Magazine featuring the program.


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GSML treats and releases 5 to 20 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and protected Loggerhead sea turtles per year, most commonly for swallowing fishing hooks.  GSML collaborates with Wakulla County to treat turtles taken by recreational fishermen at a county pier. All group tours receive information on sea turtle biology and conservation in the course of their visit.

Removing a Fishing Hook From A Kemps Ridley Turtle

Allie’s Story

Allie is a loggerhead sea turtle rescued on May 15, 2012. She was found floating, sick and weak near Alligator Point Beach. She is approximately 50 years old and weights 250 lbs. When she arrived at GSML she was very thin and emaciated. After several visits with our veterinarian and our staff working closely with her she is 100% better. She has put on considerable weight, and is able to submerge to hunt food. After recieving a clean bill of health from our veternarian we released her on June 22,2013 at Bald Point State Park For updates on our sea turtles program at the lab like us on Facebook.

Allie the female loggerhead sea turtle at Gulf Specimen Marine Aquarium

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 WFSU Dimensions Program: Allie Sea Turtle Release


“Little Girl” Our Resident Sea Turtle

Little Girl is a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle on display at GSML. She is approximately 8 years old and weighs about 40 pounds. Little Girl is an ambassador for sea turtles. She has helped staff at GSML teach thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds about sea turtles, helping to protect them and their environment.

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