SeaWorld Orlando animal rescue team returns loggerhead to ocean
By Alexis Sullivan, Producer -
A loggerhead turtle is rescued outside of Port Canaveral in August after being found by the Kennedy Space Center's Ecological Program, August 9, 2013.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A rescued loggerhead sea turtle, which was found with fishing hooks lodged in its mouth and throat, was returned to Florida waters on Wednesday after five months of rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando.
The turtle was rescued outside of Port Canaveral in August after being found by the Kennedy Space Center's Ecological Program. With assistance from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, the turtle was rescued and transported to SeaWorld Orlando for care.
The turtle underwent three surgeries to remove two fishing hooks that were lodged in the turtle's body. One was visibly lodged in the turtle's mouth, while another hook was lodged in the lower esophagus.
After being medically cleared for Wednesday's return, the park's Animal Rescue Team transported the approximately 150-pound turtle to Canaveral National Seashore where it was successfully returned to the ocean.
If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.