MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After months of care and recovery, a group of rescued sea turtles have gone home.
The seven endangered turtles, six green sea turtles and one loggerhead turtle, were found off the coast of northern Florida which was undergoing a rare algae bloom.
“They were covered in barnacles when they came in they were lethargic they were barely swimming and weren’t eating,” said Miami Seaquarium Animal Care Manager Jodie Tusinki.
The staff and veterinarians at the Miami Seaquarium nursed them back to health and three months later they were ready to return to the sea.
Each turtle was tagged on it flipper in case they ran into trouble again. Anyone found them would be able to use the information on the tag to access its medical history and where the turtle could be taken.
“Ultimately this is what we want, the day that we could come out and release them all,” said Tusinski.
While the turtles re-habbed at the Seaquarium, they were released of St. Augustine and Ormond Beach where they were found.