Early this morning, SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team Members returned a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle to the Florida waters at Canaveral National Seashore following months of treatment and rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando.
The loggerhead sea turtle was rescued in April 2014 by the Sea Turtle Preservation Society after being discovered on the beach emaciated and covered in barnacles and leeches. Following the rescue, the sea turtle was transported to SeaWorld Orlando for care and rehabilitation.
Upon arrival, the turtle was significantly underweight and lethargic. The team performed a full veterinary exam, radiographs and administered antibiotics. Additionally, the sea turtle was unable to eat on its own and required regular tube feedings, along with gastro intestinal medications and treatments for parasites. Since arriving at SeaWorld for rehabilitation, this sea turtle has returned to eating on its own, has gained 10 pounds and was medically cleared to be returned today.
So far in 2014, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 32 sea turtles and returned 21 sea turtles.