The Gulfarium’s C.A.R.E. Center released nine rehabilitated sea turtles January 25.
A huge crowd of several hundred people were in attendance at Henderson Beach State Park to witness the event. Seven of the nine sea turtles released were considered cold stunned, and the other two sea turtles ingested fishing hooks and line.
Among the group was Seadar, a sub-adult Loggerhead, who arrived at the C.A.R.E. Center last November. X-rays showed nine hooks, a lead weight, and fishing line in her system.
“One of the hooks embedded in Seadar’s esophagus was a marlin hook. It was the largest hook I’ve ever seen in a sea turtle,” said Terra Throgmorton, lead aquarist for Gulfarium.
Surrounded by the crowd, Gulfarium president Will Merrill said, “It is always validating to see such a great turnout. We witness the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to rehabilitating these sea turtles. The crowds validate our team’s hard work towards getting these sea turtles healthy, and back out into the Gulf.”
The Gulfarium CARE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is proud to act as a beacon for coastal conservation through marine animal rescue and rehabilitation. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online at Gulfarium.com/care_center.
– Meredith Horn
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