Veterinarian surgically removes two lodged fishing hooks from green sea turtle at SeaWorld Orlando

Veterinarian surgically removes two lodged fishing hooks from green sea turtle at SeaWorld Orlando


The sea turtle was found by the Sea Turtle Preservation Society – an organization committed to sea turtle education, research and rescue – who also assisted in the animal’s transport. The turtle, a juvenile weighing approximately 11 pounds, was rescued near Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The turtle arrived at SeaWorld Orlando earlier this week (October 23) and underwent surgery this morning following x-rays and blood work evaluation. According to the veterinarian who performed the procedure, Dr. Stephen Cassle, both of the fishing hooks were successfully removed – one from its esophagus and one from the cloaca. The turtle is doing well following the procedure, and his health will continue to be monitored over the next several weeks by the Aquarium department at SeaWorld Orlando.

So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 59 sea turtles. It is the intent that upon recovery, this sea turtle will be released back into its natural environment.

To help protect this endangered species, and other sea turtles, make sure fishing line and trash is disposed of properly. When fishing, use new “circle” hooks – sea turtles are less likely to swallow the circle-shaped hooks than traditional J-shaped, which cause suffocation or internal bleeding when swallowed.

Green sea turtles are an endangered species that normally lay over 100 eggs per clutch. To report someone disturbing a sea turtle nest or an injured, dead or harassed sea turtle call 888-404-3922 or dial *FWC on a cellular device.

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