SeaWorld Orlando Returns 106lb Loggerhead Sea Turtle to Atlantic Coast

SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team recently 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 - the term used when a loggerhead is found emaciated, lethargic and covered in barnacles). The sea turtle was originally transported to Volusia County Marine Science Center and then brought to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation.

During the course of the four month rehabilitation, the sea turtle gained 16 pounds and grew an inch.

So far in 2015, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 48 sea turtles, double the average for this time of the year, and returned 68. 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 26,000 animals have been rescued by the expert animal rescue team that is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at (888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.

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