Who: Loggerhead Marinelife Center
When*: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.; pre-release procedures begin at 10 a.m.
Where: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (14200 US Highway One, Juno Beach)
What: LMC will release Teddy the sea turtle from its facility off Juno Beach.
Teddy is a sub-adult loggerhead that was found chronic debilitated near Hutchinson Island in January. Initial bloodwork showed anemia and poor health from starvation, so hospital staff administered fluids, antibiotics, iron and vitamins. Teddy was also started on once daily parenteral nutrition supplementations.
Teddy was named for Ted Turner, Turner Foundation chairman and lifelong environmental activist, who received the Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award at LMC’s Ninth Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon, for accelerating marine, land and species conservation, drawing early attention to climate change and supporting research to shape environmental policy and practice. As a business leader, Turner is best known as founder of Cable News Network (CNN,) the first 24-hour cable news channel that transformed the way the world gets its news.
Teddy will be prepared for release from LMC starting at 10 a.m. LMC docents will convey the history of the turtle’s journey and final preparations to visitors, with a procession to the beach for the release to follow.
Local staff will be available for media interviews at their discretion.
*Weather may impact the scheduling of this release. Please check marinelife.org and LMC’s social media channels for updates.