Sea Turtle Release!
● Published by Nancy Babin
"Nona," a Green sea turtle, is scheduled for release after about two and a half months of rehabilitation at Gulfarium's C.A.R.E. Center.
Nona is scheduled to head back into the Gulf on Tuesday April 25th at 10am. The location will be at Grayton Beach State Park. The press and public are invited to attend. "Nona is a juvenile Green sea turtle. Accordingly, regulations require us to release her directly into the water." says Graham Northup, Curator of Fish and Reptiles for Gulfarium. "The release will only take a minute, but we welcome anyone who wishes to join us."
Grayton Beach State Park's hours and parking fees may be found here:
Nona arrived on February 2, 2017. This turtle was brought to shore by a fisherman after swallowing a hook at the Navarre Fishing Pier. Upon arrival, initial scans showed Nona was a previous resident of the C.A.R.E. Center in June 2015. Nona had been treated for a similar scenario as she was hooked at the Navarre Pier in the front left flipper. In a matter of weeks, the turtle was released and back out into the Gulf.
This time, x-rays showed four fishing hooks in Nona's gastrointestinal tract. Nona was scheduled for surgery on February 22nd due to the hooks not passing through on their own. The surgery went well, the hooks were removed, and the little Green sea turtle has made a full recovery. "We are hoping her release by a secluded state park will help keep her away from fishing piers." says Northup.
The Gulfarium CARE (Conserve, Act, Rehabilitate, Educate) Program is open to all species of sea turtles, each of which are classified as either threatened or endangered. Upon arriving at the Gulfarium turtles are evaluated by animal care and veterinary staff, and work begins for rehabilitation, recovery, or release.
The Gulfarium CARE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is proud to act as a beacon for coastal conservation through marine animal rescue and rehabilitation. Donations are tax-deductible and can be mailed to Gulfarium CARE Foundation at 1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 or dropped off at the Gulfarium gift shop any day of the week between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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