Location: Anastasia State Park, St Johns County, Florida
“Chimera” is one of 16 sea turtles that were brought to Gulf World Marine Institute on March 8, 2021. Chimera was originally rescued and taken to the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab on March 4. The turtle was found by a volunteer from the facility.
Many sea turtles are washing up in Northeast Florida, more than local facilities can hold. They are “debilitated”, which means lethargic (without energy) and have various other health concerns. In these situations, when space runs out at the local rehabilitation centers, they sometimes reach out to others. That’s where GWMI steps in! By taking some of the sea turtles, GWMI helps to open up more space in the counties where they are washing ashore.
Chimera is lethargic or slow-moving, and also “lists” in the water. This means that the right side of Chimera’s body is always floating. Chimera has begun eating squid, and will hopefully show interest in capelin soon. While squid is tasty, the fish provides more nutrients!
Thank you to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as all of the organizations involved in the rescue, rehabilitation, and transfer of Chimera and the other sea turtles during this active stranding event.