Who: Loggerhead Marinelife Center
When*: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.; pre-release procedures begin at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (14200 US Highway One, Juno Beach)
What: LMC will release Aquaman the sea turtle from its facility off Juno Beach.
Aquaman is a large juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found in the Lake Worth Lagoon in North Palm Beach. The turtle arrived with line entangled around the base of its left, front flipper. The line was removed, and the constriction wound was treated topically with honey and therapeutic laser. The turtle received antibiotics and was monitored closely while we treated its entanglement injury. Named in honor of the movie Aquaman, which featured the theme of ocean conservation, we invite you to join us in helping Aquaman, our sea turtle patient, return to his ocean home.
Aquaman will be prepared for release from LMC starting at 10:30 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. We recommend arriving early for parking and to find a good spot on the beach.
Members of the media interested in covering the release should contact Carla B. Mroz, public relations and communications manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a media pass.
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.
About Loggerhead Marinelife Center:
Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational institution that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. The Center’s conservation team works with 76 local and international organizations across six continents to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation. The Center is expanding and has launched its Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact. When complete, the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280.