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Florida Aquarium Releases Pair of Sea Turtles Thursday

July 8, 2009

The Florida Aquarium

Thursday, July 9 departing The Florida Aquarium at 7:45 a.m.

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East coast: A pair of sea turtles journey across state to return to the wild. A green sea turtle and a loggerhead sea turtle are being released back to the wild after several months of care and rehabilitation at The Florida Aquarium.

  • Both turtles will be released near the Port St. Lucie Power Plant
  • Just South of the Power Plant near Jensen Beach


The Florida Aquarium has an extensive and successful sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program.

The juvenile green sea turtle stranded in Martin County off of Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, Florida; stranding weight was 3.45 kg; heavy barnacle and algae growth on carapace; slightly emaciated and weak. It was swimming sideways. Initial treatment included fluids, vitamins, antibiotics and radiographs. Current weight is 4.32 kg.

The sub-adult juvenile loggerhead sea turtle stranded in Indian River County just south of Sebastian Inlet; stranding weight was 16.25 kg; emaciated, not very active, large barnacles on carapace; initial treatment included fluids, vitamins, antibiotics and radiographs. Current weight is 21.7 kg.

The exact location of the release is difficult to determine until arrival on the scene. The map included is a rough idea of the release location. Please contact Tom Wagner at 813-767-3558 or Susan Coy at 813-841-6819 for exact location.

Florida Aquarium staff will be available for interviews.

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