On October 11, Clearwater Marine Aquarium returned a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle to its home after a successful rehabilitation. Rye was found on September 22 in the Spring Hill area and was accidentally caught by a fisherman and ingested a large fish hook.
On August 15, University of Florida Marine Animal Rescue released Injera back to the big blue! The hook was successfully removed orally without the need for surgery by Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s staff veterinarian!
This female loggerhead sea turtle was found floating offshore near Fort De Soto in May and was rescued by the Coast Guard. Dhebra was found floating, lethargic, and with a thin body condition. In our care, she has gained 20 pounds. Dhebra recovered quickly and was cleared for release by our veterinarian and Florida Fish and Wildlife and returned home!
Focaccia is a subadult Kemp’s ridley who was found struggling in the water near Sand Key on June 20. Focaccia’s behaviors during their first swim test showed uncoordinated swimming that was similar to our previous red tide exposed kemp’s ridleys: Chandler, Howie, and Alexis Rose in 2021.