On February 28, 2017, a sub-adult green sea turtle was found along the shoreline in Captiva, Lee County, FL. The turtle had a large wound on its carapace (shell) and had many small fibropapilloma tumors on its body.
Triple sea turtle release on Honeymoon Island. Three juvenile green sea turtles, Gran Torino, Han Solo and Vanilla Wafer, were released on January 19, 2017, after being rehabilitated for nearly a year.
On January 28, a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was found floating nearshore in Sand Key, Pinellas County, Florida. The turtle was buoyant, and having a difficult time swimming or diving below the surface. The turtle was picked up by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and transferred to volunteers who brought the turtle to Clearwater Marine Aquarium for triage.