Senin, 16 November 2020

Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center releases 3 rehabilitated sea turtles in South Walton - The Northwest Florida Daily News

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Special to Gannett  |  Northwest Florida Daily News

The Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center released three rehabilitated sea turtles on Friday morning at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in South Walton County.

 "It is always so rewarding when we release the sea turtles back into the Gulf," said Patrick Berry, director of the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center.

"All species of sea turtle are endangered so we are passionate about doing everything we can to help these animals. I am proud of our team and their commitment to give sea turtles second chances."

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The first two turtles released, Jokerface and Bamboo, had both been hooked at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier on separate occasions. This was the second time each of the turtles had been hooked at the pier, rehabilitated and released, according to the Gulfarium.

Musubi, a juvenile Kemp's ridley was the final turtle to be released. Musubi was found washed ashore in Perdido Key on May 21, when he weighed 1.9 pounds. Musubi was lethargic and had a minor wound to his shell over the right shoulder, as well as an older, superficial wound to the back of his head, the release said.

During the initial examination, it was noted that the small turtle held its head tilted to the right and radiographs showed pneumonia within the right lung. After providing supportive fluids and antibiotics, the C.A.R.E. Center team tested the turtle’s abilities in the water.

This swim test revealed that when placed in water, Musubi was unable to maintain his balance and would begin to circle to the right. This abnormality suggested a lesion to the nervous system which could be caused by trauma, parasites or infectious disease.

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"This Kemp's ridley showed great progress with time," stated Terra Throgmorton, Gulfarium's medical and stranding coordinator. 

"His case of pneumonia resolved following antibiotics and his swimming skills in the rehabilitation habitat improved significantly. After a recent recheck exam, our veterinarian cleared Musubi for release and he was given a microchip which will allow future identification. We will miss this little turtle, but we are happy he can be released back into his natural habitat."

If you see a sea turtle in distress, injured, or deceased please report it to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission immediately at 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922). 

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