Rescued by the US Coast Guard, rehabilitated in the Turtle Hospital, the large male loggerhead turtle was recently released off Pigeon Key. Judging by the size of the sea turtle, he is about 50 years old. His coast guard rescuers gave him the name Sheldon, but no one seems to know why.
Sheldon is one lucky turtle. He is getting back in the water just in time as the mating season for sea turtles is about to commence. It’s time for Sheldon to woo the ladies in the warm coastal waters.
Sheldon has been fitted with a satellite transmitter tag by research scientists from the Summerland Key-based Mote Marine Laboratory. And you can monitor his movement by clicking on this link. Go, Sheldon!
We are building a worldwide Sheldon database from scratch. Everything in the database will be documented and sourced. If your ancestors aren’t here, and you would like them to be included, please let us know!
Rev. Henry O. Sheldon
The Rev. Henry O. Sheldon is often considered the grandfather of Sheldon genealogy. While traveling as a preacher he met other Sheldons and wondered how they were all related. Eventually, he began collecting genealogies & piecing the various Sheldon branches together, first published in 1855 as the Sheldon Magazine. From his private journal: Monday, 4th of May, 1818, age 19, the start of his travels:
“Snowed some last night – roads wet and splashy – At half-past eleven A.M. started on a western tour – took an affectionate leave of my parents and brother and sister after receiving their advice & prayer for my preservation, — rode 25 miles – The day was wet & cold & stormy – Winds N.W.”
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