Double Sea Turtle Release off Juno Beach Thursday Morning
Who: Loggerhead Marinelife Center
When*: Thursday, July 12, 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 two sea turtle patients, Skerry & Eloise off Juno Beach.
Skerry is a sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal on September 25, 2017. The initial blood-work showed anemia and slight hypoglycemia. Old boat propeller wounds were healing on the carapace, neck and near the tail. Hospital staff administered fluids, antibiotics and iron.
Eloise was found floating off Ft. Pierce and was taken ashore by concerned citizens on march 27, 2018. The turtle was lethargic, debilitated, and covered with barnacles and leeches. Blood work revealed anemia, hypoglycemia, hypocalcemia, and a lack of white blood cells. Radiographs indicated that the turtle was impacted with a large amount of crab shells and other debris. The turtle was started on parenteral nutrition as well as antibiotics, fluids, and supplements.
Skerry and Eloise 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.
If you can’t attend be sure to tune into our Facebook LIVE!
*Weather may impact the scheduling of this release. Please check marinelife.org and LMC’s social media channels for updates.