Loggerhead Marinelife Center announces Sea Turtle Release off Juno Beach Thursday Morning*

On Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., Loggerhead Marinelife Center (14200 US Highway One, Juno Beach) will release sea turtles Skerry and Eloise from its facility off Juno Beach.

Skerry is a sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The initial blood-work showed anemia and slight hypoglycemia. There were old boat propeller wounds that are healing on the carapace, neck and near the tail. Hospital staff administered fluids, antibiotics and iron. Initial radiographs did not show anything of concern internally.

Eloise was found floating off Ft. Pierce and was taken ashore by concerned citizens. 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 put on parenteral nutrition as well as antibiotics, fluids, and supplements and was monitored very closely.

The turtles will be prepared for release from LMC starting at 10:00 a.m. A history of the turtle’s journey and final preparations will be conveyed to visitors by one of LMC’s education docents, with a procession to the beach for the release to follow.

 

*Weather may impact the scheduling of this release. Please check marinelife.org and LMC’s social media channels for updates.