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Who's You Shell-Mate?

With Valentine's Day approaching, love is in the air. It's the perfect time to open up your heart and find your soulmate - well, we mean shell-mate. This Valentine's Day, we have made it easy for you to find the one you turtle-y love. Take our quiz to find which of our sea turtle patients would be your shell-mate. If you fall turtle-y, madly in love, please consider "symbolically adopting" your perfect match.

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  1. What do you prefer to eat?

    Via @dpgreen34
    Greens
    Via Via @dpgreen34
    Greens
    Crustaceans
    Via Via @mauigurl0506
    Crustaceans
    A little fish here and there
    Via @soulfulsnapshots
    A little fish here and there
    A variety of fish, crustaceans, and crab.
    Via @mannymarvelous
    A variety of fish, crustaceans, and crab.
  2. Do you like to keep yourself clean?

    Via @dustbusters911
    Super clean
    Via @dustbusters911
    Super clean
    Eh, not that clean
    Via @photoaction_
    Eh, not that clean
  3. Where would you like to live?

    @fasshinc
    Honduras, Mexico, or Panama
    Via @valentinetrs
    Honduras, Mexico, or Panama
    Close to the beach
    Via @fasshinc
    Close to the beach
    Costa Rica or Hawaii
    Via @erubes1
    Costa Rica or Hawaii
    The Bahamas or Florida
    Via @JunobeachPier
    The Bahamas or Florida

Who's You Shell-Mate?

You got: Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds is a sub-adult Olive Ridley sea turtle that was found entangled in a net in the surf on Hobe Sound Beach. Burt Reynolds is the first Olive Ridley to strand as far north as Martin County, and is also only the 5th Olive Ridley to be documented stranding in Florida. Olive Ridleys are pelagic animals that are more commonly found around Central and South America. Burt Reynolds arrived underweight with a constriction injury to the front left flipper and will receive appropriate treatment. www.marinelife.org/burtreynolds

Burt Reynolds
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You got: Fritz

Fritz is a large juvenile green sea turtle that was found stranded in a marina in Fort Pierce. The carapace is deformed due to either a chronic buoyancy issue or because of an old injury or a congenital abnormality. www.marinelife.org/fritz

Fritz
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You got: Hatchlings

Hatchlings that come to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center did not make it out to the open ocean when they hatched. This is caused by multiple factors. Some of our turtles were simply too weak to make it to the ocean or beyond the point of the wave break. Others were attacked by fire ants or other local wildlife, or some go in the wrong direction. Rather than go towards the ocean (which is the brightest, lowest horizon) they head towards the dunes and road because of lights coming from that direction. Our Hatchlings are held here for about 1-2 weeks. When the Hatchlings are ready for release, they are taken by boat to the Sargassum patches about 10-15 miles out in the ocean. www.marinelife.org/hatchlings

Hatchlings
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You got: Mayor Mort

Mayor Mort, named in memory of Mayor Mort Levine, is a large sub-adult loggerhead turtle that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The turtle was lethargic, underweight, and had numerous large barnacles on its carapace and hundreds of small barnacles and marine leeches on its skin. www.marinelife.org/mayormort

Mayor Mort
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You got: Poppy

Poppy is a small sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The initial bloodwork showed anemia, hypoglycemia and overall poor health due to starvation. Hospital staff administered fluids with dextrose, parenteral nutrition, antibiotics, vitamin supplements, and iron. Poppy was placed in freshwater for two days to remove the barnacles and leeches that covered most of its body. The turtle is now in sea water. www.marinelife.org/poppy

Poppy
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You got: Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found near a dock on Palm Beach Island. The turtle was found entangled in a net and has a constriction injury to its left front flipper. www.marinelife.org/pumpkin

Pumpkin
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You got: Waffle

Waffle is a sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the water near the Juno Beach Pier. The initial bloodwork showed anemia, hypoglycemia, and overall poor health due to starvation. The radiographs did not show any fishing hooks. Waffle was given fluids, antibiotics, and iron injections as prescribed. The turtle was kept in fresh water for the two days to remove external parasites. Waffle's health has been improving. www.marinelife.org/waffle

Waffle
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You got: Lilly

Lilly, named in honor of Lilly Pulitzer, is a large sub-adult/adult loggerhead turtle that was found on Hutchinson Island. The turtle has a deep wound on its carapace over the left shoulder that is estimated to be about one month old. The veterinarian removed necrotic tissue, dead bone, and other aquatic debris from the wound. The injury is being treated with antibiotics, honey, and therapeutic laser treatment. www.marinelife.org/lilly

Lilly
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