Orlando, Fla. (April 12, 2017) – After nearly eight months of specialized care, SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue Team and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) returned the largest Loggerhead Sea Turtle ever rehabilitated by SeaWorld back home to the ocean. The turtle was released this morning at Vero Beach.
The female Loggerhead was estimated to be at least 20 years old with a weight of nearly 350 pounds. The turtle was found lethargic and covered in algae at Tracking Station Park in Vero Beach last August. Upon arrival at SeaWorld, her blood work revealed a significant parasite problem. The team treated the turtle with antibiotics and anti-parasitic medications to clear her system while also addressing injuries on her front flippers.
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All turtle return footage produced by SeaWorld under FWS Permit Number MA7701911 and FWC Permit Number MTP-15-035.