Five Rescued Sea Turtles Released Today
It’s a big day for Parsley, Basil, Celery, Serrano, and Phyll. The juvenile green sea turtles are returning home, after some love and care at the Gulfarium‘s C.A.R.E. center. ¬†All five sea turtles were hooked at local fishing piers and needed rescue. Dr. Rebecca Wells, the Gulfarium’s veterinarian, performed all the necessary surgeries and oversaw the follow-up rehabilitation. The turtles were released today at Henderson Beach State Park.
It’s a perfect time to remind beach goers –¬†LEAVE NO TRACE!¬†South Walton Turtle Watch promotes #cleandarkflat. They are calling on all beach goers to remove everything from the beach at the end of the day. Sea turtles can’t back up, so if they move forward and become entangled in chairs, tent frames, volleyball nets, or fishing nets, they will carry it to the water and eventually drown.
It’s hatching season all over Florida. Specially-trained turtle nest spotters are combing the area beaches each morning, looking for signs of a new nest. By law, only certified members are allowed ¬†to interact with endangered sea turtles. The neon orange tape helps signify a nesting site.
To help the turtle babies come into this world, you can help make a difference. Please¬†be sure to fill in your holes on the beach every day after building sandcastles.
We are fortunate to have two volunteer organizations, the South Walton Turtle Watch and the Emerald Coast Turtle Watch, to monitor known nesting sites. Follow both on Facebook to receive updates on the turtle nesting season.