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Turtles released back into the Gulf
Two turtles were released back into the Gulf this week
They have been recovering at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach for the past few months.
Both of these turtles washed ashor back in the Fall and they were in pretty bad shape. The Gulfarium has had them ever since. I want to introduce you to Tinkerbell, she was attacked by a shark and her fin was ripped off.
"Brought her into Gulfarium, stiched up that flipper, and gave her some antibiotics, made sure her wounds were nice and clean and now she is able to be released."
The other turtle is Wendy and she was very sick and could no longer swim. So the past 7 months, Gulfarium workers nursed them back to health. They believe they are anywhere between five and 10 years old. Turtles often live past 100, so they have a lot of life left.
"We look for them to be eating live food, make sure they're swimming, make sure that they have a healthy weight on them so they are able to released and have the best ability out there."
And they look pretty ready. Even in their crates-they are raring to go.
"All right kiddo"
And they got a grand farewell. Their release brought in a big crowd.
And off they went...
"And go!!! .....So happy to see them go. We're glad that theyre headin' out together too, that's fun and interesting. These guys have been sharing the room right next to each other for a while."
And talk about being in the right place at the right time.... a high school biology class just happened to be at the beach on a field trip as they were released.
"It was really neat, it was so cute to see them, once they were swimming they almost knew what was going to happen because they were flapping."
Gulfarium workers tag them so if they do get stranded again they know how old they are and where they have been, but the hope is they make the Gulf their forever home.
Who knows where the two turtles will end up, maybe just maybe they'll stick together. The Gulfarium plans to release two more turtles in the next few weeks.