SEA TURTLE RELEASE AT LMC! (7-12-18)
I attended the release of two loggerhead turtles yesterday, done by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida. Here are a few of the photos I took . It felt pretty special to see a healthy turtle going back into the ocean.
Below is the text of their release information. Another turtle is scheduled for release next week.
Who: Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach
What: It is with a great sense of pride and gratitude that we inform you about Skerry and Eloise‘s return to the ocean after successful rehabilitation at our Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. We will release Skerry and Eloise off Juno Beach adjacent to our facility.
Skerry is a sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The initial blood-work showed anemia and slight hypoglycemia. There were old boat propeller wounds that are healing on the carapace, neck and near the tail. Hospital staff administered fluids, antibiotics and iron. Initial radiographs did not show anything of concern internally.
Eloise was found floating off Ft. Pierce and was taken ashore by concerned citizens. The turtle was lethargic, debilitated, and covered with barnacles and leeches. Blood work revealed anemia, hypoglycemia, hypocalcemia, and a lack of white blood cells. Radiographs indicated that the turtle was impacted with a large amount of crab shells and other debris. The turtle was put on parenteral nutrition as well as antibiotics, fluids, and supplements and was monitored very closely.
The turtles will be prepared for release from LMC starting at 10:00 a.m. A history of the turtle’s journey and final preparations will be conveyed to visitors by one of LMC’s education docents, with a procession to the beach for the release to follow.
When: Thursday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m.; Pre-release procedures starting at 10:00 a.m.
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