SeaWorld Orlando’s commitment to sea turtles continued yesterday with the successful release of a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle at Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville. You can see the turtle returning to its native habitat in the photo at left.
Turtles have been keeping the theme park’s animal rescue team busy this year. They’ve rescued a total of 11 turtles already this year, and five have been released back into the wild.
The latest success story started as an almost-tragedy when the turtle was found in critical condition, covered in barnacles and leeches. It had digestive problems, shell wounds, and possible pnemonia. With SeaWorld Orlando’s care, it was restored to good health.
This story follows close on the heels of another amazing SeaWorld turtle rescue, when a four inch fishing hook was successfully removed from a turtle’s throat. The park also recently rescued two endangered hawksbill turtles.
SeaWorld helps a wide range of animals. Besides the turtles, its team helps other creatures in need, like dolphins and manatees.
The park’s commitment to turtles isn’t just behind the scenes. On April 27, guests will be able to experience the new Turtle Trek exhibit and learn how they can help, too.
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