This morning a veterinarian performed surgery on a rescued sea turtle, removing fishing hooks from its throat and eye socket.
The sea turtle was discovered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – an organization committed to managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. The turtle, a juvenile green sea turtle weighing approximately 9 pounds, was rescued near Vero Beach, Florida and brought to SeaWorld Orlando.
The turtle underwent surgery this morning following x-rays and blood work evaluation. According to the veterinarian who performed the procedure, Dr. Michelle Davis, both of the fishing hooks were successfully removed – one from its esophagus and one from the eye socket. The turtle is doing well following the procedure, and its 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 33 sea turtles. In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the waters.