Sea Turtle Release at LMC! (7-12-18)

July 12, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
14200 US-1
Juno Beach, FL 33408

*Pre-release procedures will begin at 10:00 a.m.
All releases are dependent on favorable weather and surf conditions.
Check back here, or our Facebook page for any changes to this release.

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.

Where: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (14200 US Highway One, Juno Beach, FL) Local staff will be available for media interviews at their discretion.

*Weather may impact the scheduling of this release. Please check and LMC’s social media channels for updates of the release date.

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