Today, SeaWorld Orlando returned a trio of rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtles at Sebastian Inlet State Park in Florida. The sea turtles arrived at the SeaWorld Rescue Center for rehabilitative care over the past six months due to a variety of reasons including entanglement in fishing gear, shark attack wounds and debilitated sea turtle syndrome.
- A 57 kg male was rescued on 7th May, 2016 after being found by jet-skiers entangled in a crab-pot line. The turtle was taken to SeaWorld Orlando where it received rehabilitative care for the past two months
- A 67 kg subadult loggerhead was rescued on 8th February, 2016 after being found with extensive flipper damage and exposed broken bone near the St. Lucie Power Plant. The turtle received six months of treatment and rehabilitative care at SeaWorld Orlando.
- A 27 kg subadult loggerhead sea turtle was found emaciated and lethargic in Jensen Beach, Fla. on 5th March, 2016 and received four months of care at SeaWorld Orlando.
The goal with any animal receiving rehabilitative care at SeaWorld is to return the animal back to its natural habitat once a recovery has been made. SeaWorld works closely with the Florida Wildlife Conservation Committee (FWC) to determine when a rehabilitated animal can be deemed returnable.
For more than 50 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. More than 28,000 animals have been rescued by the expert animal rescue team that is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.