Sea turtle to be memorialized

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Sea turtle to be memorialized Griffin, a Loggerhead sea turtle will be memorialized in a reef casting and sea turtle release as part of World Sea Turtle Day. World Sea Turtle Day is June 16.

The Jekyll Island Authority's Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Eternal Reefs will memorialize Griffin and cast his ashes into a reef ball on June 17. Griffin was an adult male loggerhead sea turtle who suffered from a condition similar to a human stroke. He was a patient at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center since November 2007.

Griffin's memory will live on through GSTC's educational programs, mission and outreach, according to the center. His ashes will be incorporated into a large, eco-friendly reef ball which will be placed in a permitted location in the ocean off of Miami in July. The day will also feature several sea turtles being released into the ocean after successful rehabilitation at GSTC.

The releases will take place at 12 p.m. at the Great Dunes Park, followed by the reef ball casting at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center at 1 p.m. Reef balls are an alternative to spreading ashes in which cremated remains are incorporated into huge, hollow objects aimed at fostering new marine growth, according to the center.

Staff and volunteers will then have the opportunity to personalize his Reef Ball on site with handprints, written messages and other memorabilia into concrete.

Griffin will be the second sea turtle memorialized by Eternal Reefs. In 2005, Dare, a female Kemps Ridley sea turtle stranded in Hurricane Floyd, was memorialized off the coast of Topsail Island, N.C., according to the center.

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