Four rehabilitated sea turtles to be released, one to be tracked
September 25, 4:30 pm, Spanish River Park in Boca Raton
For the past two decades, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s (GLNC) Sea Turtle Conservation team has rescued sick and injured sea turtles throughout southern Palm Beach County. In January, 2010, efforts were stepped up with the opening of their Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility (STRF). Since then, over 375 injured or diseased sea turtles have been brought to the STRF for treatment. Public releases of recovered turtles are a unique opportunity and attended by hundreds of residents and tourists.
Four sea turtles have recovered from their aliments and are ready to be released. Three juvenile endangered green turtles (Surf, Hennessey, and Snaggle) and one juvenile loggerhead (a threatened species), Billy, will be returned to the ocean next week. Billy will be outfitted with a satellite transmitter that will enable us to track his post-release movements. Billy is the second sea turtle to be part of STRF’s new tracking program.
The tracking project, started in June 2014, includes tagging a total of 6 sea turtles that have recovered from injury, illness, and/or disease at our facility. We are excited to gain insight into how rehabilitated sea turtles respond to their natural environments after they are returned to the ocean. The tracked sea turtles can be followed online by visiting http://18.104.22.168/satellite-tracking.
The public is invited to join Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in the release these four sea turtles on Thursday, September 25, 2014, promptly at 4:30 pm at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton. Entrance fees to the park will be waived beginning at 4:00 PM for those attending the release. The release will take place on the beach near the center tunnel. Attendees are encouraged to allow ample time for parking and walking to the release location.