Loggerhead sea turtle released in Fort De Soto on July 26, 2023.
On Wednesday, July 26, Clearwater Marine Aquarium released a loggerhead sea turtle, Dhebra, back into the wild in Fort De Soto after almost three months of rehabilitation.
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! She has been satellite tagged with the help of Sea Turtle Conservancy and her movements will be tracked for scientific purposes.
All marine turtle footage taken in Florida was obtained with the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under conditions not harmful to marine turtles. Footage was acquired while conducting authorized conservation activities pursuant to FWC MTP-23/24-172A.