Sea World rescues, returns endangered sea turtles to ocean
It’s turtle rescue season for Sea World.
Two green sea turtles were taken back home to Brevard County beaches on Wednesday morning thanks to the Sea World Animal Rescue Team, Florida Todayreports.
Both turtles were rehabilitated back to health by Sea World when they were found with severe health problems. They were given daily care with a healthy diet, full of vitamins.
One of the turtles was spotted at Sebastian Inlet State Park on Feb. 21 suffering from malnutrition and lethargy. When released, the turtle weighed 13.2 pounds — compared to 8.5 pounds when found.
The second turtle was taken in on May 26 when found at a Brevard beach underweight and suffering from a bacterial infection. It was underweight at 4.3 pounds but is now 5.8 pounds.
Sea World says they have rescued 49 sea turtles, which are “more than double the average for this time of year,” Florida Today reports, and the two turtles are the 69th and 70th returned to the ocean this year by Sea World.