Just days ago, a 100 pound loggerhead turtle was released into the waters of Canaveral National Seashore in Florida marking the reaching of a milestone in animal rescue. The unnamed turtle represents the 1,000th to be rescued, rehabilitated, and released by the conservation team at SeaWorld since their operation began in 1980. "It's a little bittersweet," said one staffer upon the turtle's release. "It's the best feeling to be able to return them."According to Florida Today, the facility's milestone turtle was rescued months earlier, emaciated due to a condition which made it difficult for the animal to open its mouth. The team from SeaWorld was able to nurse the turtle back to health and return it back into the wild as they've done so many times before.
This particular turtle's troubles are a bit of a departure from what the rescue team has been dealing with recently, says the report:
Sea World rehabilitates an average of 50 turtles a year, but that figure increased dramatically last year winter when they took in 300 that were cold-stressed and, as a result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, another 127. In all, 523 turtles were taken to Sea World Orlando last year, and 419 of those were rehabilitated and released.
A video released by SeaWorld offers more details on the release of their 1000th turtle:
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