Mr T goes to sea, hopefully leaving us a safety lesson

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

7 Responses

  1. Noelle says:

    Very cool maps. Thanks for the laboratory info. I’ve forwarded this everyone i know who snowbirds from the frozen midwest.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I heard from Gary K of the Conch Republic Marine Army, which seems to be doing great hurricane clean-up work in the Keys and seeks donations, including “a good GPS/chartplotter so they can better pinpoint and map where their efforts have been and where they should be”:


    As a winter resident of Marathon and a supporter of the Turtle Hospital, I enjoyed your article about the release ofMr. T. But it was your mention of a “green vacation” in the “string of low islands” that sparked this letter.

    I am a volunteer with the Conch Republic Marine Army (CRMA) in Big Pine Key, FL. They are a 501(c)(3) group of volunteers committed to the task of clearing the Keys’ mangroves and nearshore waters from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Many of these people had their lives, jobs and homes either badly damaged or destroyed. Yet they are dedicated to cleaning and restoring the Keys’ marine habitat.

    Their website, and their Facebook page detail their history and efforts that now number 24 clean-up events they call ‘battles,’ including the April 27 Battle at Long Key State Park, held in conjunction with the Florida State Parks. Altogether, more than 2,600 volunteers have contributed over 15,000 hours of work and removed over 132 tons of trash and debris, all by hand and with no governmental funding. Sadly, they have barely scratched the surface of what needs to be done….

  3. Dan Whittet says:

    Thats a great story about data, community, research and citizen science. GIS data is being used in so many ways to expand our knowledge of the planet. And who doesn’t enjoy a good sea turtle story? Thanks Ben.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Pretty cool: Mr T’s tracker is still working fine and he’s been hanging around Sanibel and Ft. Myers beach all summer. Lady loggerheads (and Ben Stein) take note!

  5. Jacky Schmitt says:

    Just started tracking Mr. T (May 2020) and have started a little notebook of the places he’s been also researching a little about the areas. Glad to have found your article and some photos of Mr. T.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Thanks for reminding me, Jacky, plus great to see that Mr. T’s tracker is still working and that he was enjoying one of his favorite hangouts off Ft. Myers Beach yesterday morning. I was also happy to learn that the Turtle Hospital in Marathon has reopened to visitors (and so has the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota). What they do is inspirational.

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