Watch A Live Sea Turtle Release in Destin
In Destin, weâ€™re used to seeing all manner of marine life at the beach. As much as our beaches draw crowds from all around the world, ultimately, they belong to the creatures who call the Gulf home. On any given day, you can spot the original Destin locals: dolphins, jellyfish, stingrays, sea turtles, and, yes, even sharks.
Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s so important to preserve the marine ecosystem and protect our local wildlife. The team at Gulfariumâ€™s C.A.R.E. Center is doing just that. In an effort to conserve, act, rehabilitate, and educate (C.A.R.E.), the Gulfarium team rehabilitated and released five sea turtles: Parsley, Serrano, Basil, Celery and Phyll. Watch the video here.
Each of the sea turtles suffered trauma due to fishing hooks, lines, or nets. Parsley was the most severely injured of the five, with a fishing line wrapped around one flipper and a hook in the other. Later radiographs revealed two internal hooks in Parsleyâ€™s esophagus that had to be surgically removed. Serrano endured similar injuries, with hook injuries to the flipper and esophagus. Basil, Celery, and Phyll suffered shell and flipper wounds, but luckily did not have to undergo surgery.
The five turtles were released in a public ceremony at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin on July 19. Hundreds of people gathered around as the turtles were placed in the water and escorted beyond the surf. Cheers and applause erupted as each turtle made its way deeper into the Gulf.
Not only does Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park help preserve and protect marine life, it brings the magic of marine life to the public. Families can visit the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island to see stingrays, dolphins, seals, sea lions, alligators, sea turtles, and more!
Start planning your next trip to Destin today, and experience the magic of the Gulf and the Gulfarium!