Clearwater Marine Aquarium released Howie, a sub-adult Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
Howie was found floating off Pass-a-Grille beach in Pinellas County on September 6, 2021. She was showing neurological symptoms most likely due to red tide exposure. She did have previous injuries to her carapace (shell), but they were not severe.
Howie’s condition and her swimming improved! She was cleared for release by our veterinarian and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
On October 27, Howie was released in Fort Myers. We wish her the best as she makes her way back home!
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-19-172.