2 injured loggerhead turtles triumphantly crawl into the Atlantic after rehabbing in Florida

(13 May 2024)

Juno Beach, Florida – 13 May 2024
1. Various of Loggerhead Marinelife Center staff carrying sea turtles to the beach
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Andy Dehart, President, CEO, Loggerhead Marinelife Center:
"So we’ve actually got a special double release this morning. We have two loggerhead sea turtles, both sub-adult turtles. Both have been impacted by fishing line, one had a fishing hook into its flipper, It’s only been here a couple of weeks, a very speedy recovery. The other turtle, Cayman is its name, actually had an entanglement in the flipper, it had a partial amputation, has been here about three months."
3. Various of sea turtles crawling towards the ocean
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Heather Barron, Chief Science Officer, Veterinarian, Loggerhead Marinelife Center:
"They get so excited. You really just see them come alive the minute they can smell and hear the ocean. You can just see the excitement and know that they’re ready to go."
5. Various of sea turtles crawling towards the ocean
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Andy Dehart, President, CEO, Loggerhead Marinelife Center:
"It’s always a celebration. On the beach. We have people with signs, people cheering. We’ve had groups up to 3,000 people right here on Juno Beach. It’s a special community where everybody’s focused around turtles."
7. Spectators cheering as turtles enter the ocean
8. Spectators holding signs showing the turtles’ names
9. Spectators applaud
10. Various of turtles swimming into the ocean
A crowd cheered and took photos as two loggerhead sea turtles slowly made their way through the sand and into the Atlantic Ocean.

Monday’s turtle release marked the end of their rehabilitation at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida.

One of the turtles, Cayman, arrived at the center on Feb. 6, in need of surgery to repair a front left flipper that had become entangled in fishing line.

Veterinarian Heather Barron says Cayman recovered remarkably well.

The other, named Finley, had a fishing hook embedded in his shoulder when he arrived on April 27 and went through a round of antibiotics.


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