Conservation | Rescue & Rehabilitation

18/04/2017

SeaWorld Returns Largest Rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle In History To The Wild

SeaWorld Returns Largest Rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle In History To The Wild

After nearly eight months of specialised care, SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue Team and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) returned the largest Loggerhead Sea Turtle ever rehabilitated by SeaWorld back home to the ocean. The turtle was released yesterday morning at Vero Beach on Florida’s South West coast.

The female Loggerhead was estimated to be at least 20 years old with a weight of nearly 160kg, equivalent to two fully grown men. The turtle was found lethargic and covered in algae at Tracking Station Park in Vero Beach last August. Upon arrival at SeaWorld, her blood work revealed a significant parasite problem. The team treated the turtle with antibiotics and anti-parasitic medications to clear her system while also addressing injuries on her front flippers.

The successful rehabilitation of this Loggerhead Sea Turtle, a threatened species, is another great example of SeaWorld’s commitment to protecting sea life. 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 29,000 animals have been rescued by the expert animal rescue team that is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.