This morning, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team returned a 106 pound loggerhead sea turtle measuring 29 inches long to Canaveral National Seashore’s Playalinda Beach.
The sub-adult loggerhead was rescued in March after being discovered beached and suffering from Debilitated Loggerhead Syndrome (DLS) by a Park Ranger on Playalinda Beach. The sea turtle was originally transported to Volusia County Marine Science Center and then brought to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation.
· Debilitated Loggerhead Syndrome is the term used when a loggerhead is found emaciated, lethargic and covered in barnacles.
During the course of the four month rehabilitation, the sea turtle gained 16 pounds and grew an inch. After this positive trend in health and several medical tests, the decision was made that the animal was ready to be returned. SeaWorld Orlando veterinarians and zoological staff work closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to determine when a rescued animal can be returned and where.
This year the Florida coastline has seen an influx of sea turtle stranding’s. Due to this increase all Florida sea turtle rehabilitation centers are working around the clock in order to provide rehabilitation and care for every sea turtle requiring help.