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Turtles cared for at Gulfarium released back into the gulf today

Two turtles were released back into the gulf today.  They have been recovering at the Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach for the past few months.

The two turtles washed ashore in the fall.  They were in pretty bad shape. They've stayed at the Gulfarium 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, stitched up the flipper, gave her some antibiotics, made sure her wounds are nice and clean and now she is able to 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, look for them to be swimming, make sure 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.

Alright Kiddo
And they got a grand farewell, their release brought in a big crowd.

Oooh ahhhhh
And off they went.
And go!!!           So happy to see them go and happy to see them together, these guys have been sharing the room

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, so cute seeing, 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 these two turtles will end up, maybe just maybe they'll stick together. The Gulfarium plans to release another two turtles in the next couple of weeks.