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Safe travels Lorna, Emery, Kora and Mira

On Wednesday, May 15, an atmosphere of hope and celebration enveloped Perdido Beach as locals, beachgoers, and sea turtle conservationists gathered to witness the remarkable release of five rehabilitated sea turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Among the stars of the day were Emery, Kora, Mira, Sygael, and Lorna, each with their own tales of resilience and triumph over adversity.

Emery, a juvenile green sea turtle weighing 28lbs, captured hearts as she was released back into her natural habitat. Foul-hooked with a cobia jig at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier on May 4th, 2024, Emery’s journey to recovery was a testament to the dedication of the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center team. After the successful removal of the cobia jig and careful monitoring of her progress, Emery was deemed fit for release.

Kora, a subadult loggerhead weighing 91lbs, faced her own challenges after being hooked in the mouth at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Despite the additional hurdle of an internal hook in her GI, Kora showcased her resilience by passing the internal hook on her own, earning her medical clearance for release.

Mira, another subadult loggerhead weighing 100lbs, was also hooked in the mouth with a circle hook at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. With multiple hooks to contend with, Mira’s journey to recovery was a testament to her strength and the unwavering support of the C.A.R.E. Center staff and volunteers.

Weighing in at 144lbs, Sygael, another subadult loggerhead, was accidentally foul-hooked at Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. The C.A.R.E. Center team found an additional circle hook in Sygael’s esophagus. After a brief stay at the C.A.R.E. Center, Sygael was cleared for release.

Last but certainly not least, Lorna, an adult female loggerhead weighing 188lbs, overcame multiple hurdles on her path to freedom. Hooked in the mouth with a large J-hook, Lorna’s recovery journey also included the passing of additional internal hooks. After passing the internal hooks on her own, Lorna was medically cleared for release and returned to her home in the Gulf.

The release of these five turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico serves as a reminder of the importance of conservation efforts and the profound impact of collective action in safeguarding our marine ecosystems.

Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center Stranding Coordinator Tabitha Siegfried said, “As nesting season and warmer weather arrive, we’re seeing a surge in sea turtle activity near our beaches, leading to more strandings and hooked turtles. Today’s release is just the beginning of what promises to be a busy summer. We urge everyone to fish responsibly, clean up beaches, reduce single-use plastics, and use red light near the shore at night.”

If you see a sea turtle in distress, injured, or deceased please report it to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission immediately at 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922).

Follow the C.A.R.E. Center on Facebook to learn more about sea turtles and the center’s rehabilitation efforts.  The C.A.R.E. Center and its patients can be visited as part of a general admission ticket to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.

The Gulfarium CARE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is proud to act as a beacon for coastal conservation through marine animal rescue and rehabilitation.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online on the C.A.R.E. Center’s webpage or through their Amazon Wishlist.