Released Turtles

Saint Andrews “Lil DJ” – Released June 1st

Species: Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
Rescued: 3/27/17
Weight upon admittance: 3 lbs


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Lil’ DJ was rescued on March 27th by fisherman offshore and brought to Saint Andrews State Park. It was found wrapped in marine debris. The debris was wrapped around three flippers and its neck. Fortunately, only one rear flipper was severely damaged. Vet staff determined that the rear right flipper should be amputated because the debris caused irreversible damage. The animal’s amputation site has healed well and it is now swimming and diving successfully.

 

Adopted Sponsors: Cindy Dodds, Susan Jackson, Shane Watson, Samantha Moore

Sprout – Released June 1st  

Species: Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
Rescued: 4/5/17
Weight upon admittance: 2.6 lbs

Sprout_1Sprout was rescued on April 5th, 2017 by South Walton Turtle Watch. The sea turtle washed up on the shore during rough surf conditions. The animal was lethargic, lacking buoyancy control and wasn’t eating. Sprout was treated with fluids and antibiotics and is now eating well and swimming normally.

Adopted Sponsors: Megan Flannagin, Alyssa Ferrell

Morla Released – May 31st

Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Rescued: 2/28/17
Weight upon admittance: 11 lbs

morlanMoral was released off of Crooked Island at the Crooked Island Beach Road public access Wednesday, May 31st at 9:00 am. The animal was named after the turtle in the movie “The NeverEnding Story.” Morla was found on the beach at Shell Island on February 28th. The sea turtle was lethargic and its shell was covered in sea life which caused significant damage. The carapace was treated with antibiotic cream and the animal was tube fed for some time. The carapace healed and the animal was eating and diving successfully

Adopted Sponsors: Jamie Angermeier, Michelle Dupasquier

MARCH 22, 2017                      NEW ENGLAND RELEASE

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Gulf World released 1 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico at St. George Island State Park in Franklin County. The sea turtle was part of a larger group of sea turtles that came to Gulf World in December from a cold stunned event in New England. This sea turtle had a severe pneumonia, but was medically cleared for release.

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2017                       NEW ENGLAND RELEASE

16864588_1576594865702866_8609381213846816278_n (1)Gulf World released 14 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and 1 loggerhead sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico at St. George Island State Park in Franklin County. The sea turtles were cold stunned and have been in rehab since December 9th, 2016. They were flown by private plane with a larger group of sea turtles from New England Aquarium to Panama City Beach. This group of sea turtles needed a bit more tlc than their counterparts.

 

FEBRURY 2, 2017                                NEW ENGLAND RELEASE

16508019_10154284901806658_3358217902094898910_nGWMI released 5 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico at St. George Island State Park in Franklin County. The sea turtles were cold stunned and have been in rehab since December and were a part of the cold stun turtles brought in from New England.

JANUARY 13, 2017                                HOOKED TURTLE

15965464_1534073436621676_5353349329466733036_n (1)GWMI received a loggerhead sea turtle that was hooked by a fisherman at the M.B. Miller County Pier. Fisherman, Dan Stanard and Bob Rossi contacted the offices of the pier immediately to report the hooked sea turtle. Ted Myron and Michael Hayes of the Bay County Pier Offices immediately responded to help assist in rescuing the sea turtle. Veterinary staff successfully removed the hook from its mouth. There were no other health issues present and the sea turtle was medically cleared to be released.

15977726_1534073433288343_635931002414825583_nThe animal was released back into the Gulf of Mexico within hours of its rescue thanks to the effort of all parties working together. “Our ultimate goal is to release the animals back into their natural habitat as soon as possible. Each patient that enters rehabilitation has a different time line but we are always happy to be able to turn them around quickly.” Secret Holmes-Douglas, Director of Gulf World Marine Institute

 

 

JANUARY 10, 2017                                  NEW ENGLAND RELEASE 

15941470_1530586693637017_1353558181512442109_n15965330_1530586663637020_217844523441817815_nGulf World released 23 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and 1 Loggerhead sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico att St. George Island State Park in Franklin County. The cold stunned sea turtles have been in rehabilitation at Gulf World since December 9th. They were flown by private plane from New England Aquarium to Panama City Beach. This was to create necessary space for future patients in New England. During their time at Gulf World, the sea turtles were 15941323_1530587090303644_4018854335013683383_nmonitored closely and acclimated to appropriate water temperatures. The animals are now eating and diving normally and have been medically cleared.

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DECEMBER 9, 2016                    NEW ENGLAND COLD STUN TURTLES

15940902_1526174934078193_6634755797766238680_nOn December 9th, Gulf World Marine Institute received 50 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and 2 loggerhead sea turtles from the New England Aquarium. The sea turtles were flown by a Michigan couple that donated their time and private plane to transport the turtles from New England to Panama City Beach (ECP airport). The turtles were immediately transported upon landing Friday evening at 7:00 pm to Gulf World Marine Institute. The turtles are being examined for signs of pneumonia, external wounds, internal foreign bodies and bone inflammation. A large portion of the patients have clinical signs of infection and are being treated with antibiotics.

 

OCTOBER 6, 2016, BUC

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Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

Rescued: July 29, 2016

Released: October 6, 2016

Weight upon admittance: 140 lbs

Gulf World Marine Institute responded to a stranded sub adult loggerhead sea turtle Friday, July 29th. The sea turtle, Buc, was discovered by a Panama City resident who reported that the sea turtle was floating and struggling in Johnson Bayou. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was there to assist in the rescue of the sea turtle. It is at Gulf World being treated and we are currently waiting on test results for a proper diagnosis. Buc is lethargic at this time with large amounts of parasites on its carapace. This may be a sign that the animal has been ill for some time. The turtle is receiving excellent care and we hope that it will recover successfully. We will keep you updated on its progress.

 

AUGUST 18, 2016                                                         TINY

Released from Miramar Beach

 post surgery

Species: Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)

Rescued: June 22, 2016

Weight upon admittance: 3 lbs

“Tiny” was brought to Gulf World on June 22nd, 2016 by the South Walton Turtle Watch. The sea turtle was found offshore wrapped in kite string. The rescuers removed the kite string and brought him immediately to Gulf World for treatment. Two flippers were severely damaged with swelling due to the circulation being cut off to the limbs. Cold laser therapy was the first treatment performed, where one of the two flippers was saved. The rear right flipper was amputated because the kite string caused irreversible damage. Since Tiny is only missing one flipper, he is expected to make a full recovery.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016                                          CHIMMY

Chimmy, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turt14358784_1402396829789338_1826982681863510384_nle was been medically cleared to be released Wednesday, September 21st in Panama City Beach. The release took place across from Carousel Supermarket on Front Beach Rd. The sea turtle was found with multiple fishery interactions near the Bay County pier. Fishermen were able to bring the turtle to them by using the Responsible Pier Initiative program which is providing fisherman with resources to assist in rescuing injured sea turtles.

There was a large shark hook on the turtle’s rear flipper, along with hook fragments in its mouth and shoulder. The hooks were successfully removed and Chimmy was released.

 

JULY 14, 2016                                      ERICA AND JARHEAD

Gulf World Marine Institute released two sea turtles, Jarhead and Erica, into the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, July 14th at South Walton Lakeshore Drive. Jarhead is a juvenile green sea turtle that was found floating in St. Andrew’s Bay by NOAA authorities on May 31st. The turtle was very thin and struggling to dive at the time of its stranding.  Erica, is loggerhead sea turtle that was rescued from shallow surf in South Walton on April 26th. Erica was lethargic, unable to dive and had symptoms of pneumonia at the time of her stranding. The turtle was given multiple rounds of antibiotics and antifungals to treat the severe case of pneumonia.  13709836_1342337282461960_8195793656985153891_nBoth turtles were medically cleared to be released. 13686795_1342337279128627_6394655604633349389_n