Loggerhead Turtle Rehabilitated and Soon To Be Released Thanks to SeaWorld

This is one of the many turtles rescued and rehabilitated by the SeaWorld team.

I’m so excited that the sea turtle that had a 4-inch-long hook in its throat will be returning home to the waters of Cocoa Beach soon! Thank you SeaWorld and Inwater Research Group for finding and taking care of this beautiful animal and to the vets who removed the hook and helped it make a quick recovery!

SeaWorld Rehab Teams Are Ready to Roll when and where an animal needs them.

“The turtle, a sub-adult weighing approximately 100 pounds, was rescued from the intake canal at the St. Lucie Power Plant in St. Lucie County, Fla. The animal arrived at SeaWorld Orlando February 26 and immediately underwent surgery following x-rays and blood work procedures. Vets removed a 4 inch-long fish hook, and after a speedy recovery, the turtle is now ready to be released back into the wild.

The loggerhead was found by the Inwater Research Group – an organization committed to the research and conservation of coastal species and habitats – who also assisted in the animal’s transport.

According to SeaWorld veterinarians, the fishing hook was one of the largest the team has removed to date. To help protect this threatened species, make sure fishing line and all trash is disposed of properly. When fishing, use new “circle” hooks – turtles are less likely to swallow the circle-shaped hooks than traditional J-shaped, which cause suffocation or internal bleeding when swallowed. Also, if a sea turtle’s nest is seen, please contact authorities.

This year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued nine sea turtles. For 45 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need — ill, injured and orphaned. More than 20,000 animals have been rescued by our experts.‪ SeaWorld’s animal rescue team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ‪”

Free FaceBook Timeline Photos Taken at Busch Gardens

Whether we like it or not, FaceBook is changing to Timeline over the next few weeks. I, for one, am ready to be ahead of the curve with some photos for the “new view.”

Please feel free to download these pictures for use on your FaceBook page without alteration. All I ask is for a “like” on my SeaWorld Mommy page and/or Twitter (@seaworldmommy) and that you make a comment about something you like on one of the blog entries (maybe this one?!) here or at my sister site SeaAttract.

To use the photos, click on an image. When it opens in your browser window, right click on it and select “save image as.” Save it to your photos folder, then in FaceBook, upload it to your timeline photos folder.

If you really enjoy these, consider a donation to the Conservation Fund for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. Together we can make a difference!