Introducing May, a Sea Turtle Breathing Life Into a Film

Courtesy of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Courtesy of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Meet May, a green sea turtle rescued by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center from a Mayport, Fla., marina in December of 2012 and a featured “voice-over artist” in our soon to be released documentary.

When found, May had a fractured bottom shell, a laceration in its neck caused by a boat strike, and a hook in its mouth. Just a juvenile, it is hard to tell if May is a boy or a girl. This is a determination that is difficult to make before the turtle reaches 30 years of age. Suffering greatly from its injuries, May was kept on a feeding tube and out of any deep water. Having made a surprisingly full recovery, May is now eating on its own, can handle deep water again, and is described by the Center as “one of their most amazing cases.”

We were introduced to May recently when we reached out to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center for some audio of a green sea turtle breathing for our film, ¡Viva La Tortuga! Meshing Conservation and Culture in Magdalena Bay. During production down in Mag Bay, most of us had the privilege of encountering sea turtles for the first time up close. As communicators we are supposed to remain objective, but all of us couldn’t help but have an emotional experience when we heard a sea turtle breath. This is an experience we wanted to share with the audience of our film but due to a high level of background noise, we had no audio we could use. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center came to our rescue and supplied us with a recording of May breathing. This breathing can be heard in our film, making May a bona fide movie star!

Courtesy of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Courtesy of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

May is currently in great health and ready to be adopted — symbolically, that is. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center adoption program allows people to symbolically adopt one or more of these magnificent creatures. For $50, someone could adopt May and ensure the longevity of the Center and help it pursue its mission. Our May 7-8 premieres are within swimming distance and we are all excited that our sea turtle friend, May, has made such a remarkable recovery.

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