Loggerhead turtle release marks milestone for S.C. Aquarium
A loggerhead sea turtle’s return to the ocean following its recovery is a milestone for those who rehabilitated it.
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Gumby, a 40-pound juvenile loggerhead being released back into the Atlantic on Thursday, will be the 100th sea turtle to be successfully rehabilitated and released by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program.
Gumby was admitted on June 26, 2011, after being found stranded on Kiawah Island. It weighed only 6 pounds, had low bone density, was lethargic, and had shell deformities.
After the turtle’s treatment, which included daily calcium injections, antibiotic injections and sunlight exposure for its bone regeneration, she’s been cleared for release.
The turtle will be taken to the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina, where its size turtles are usually found during winter time. The loggerhead is considered a threatened species in the Southeast region.
The aquarium’s turtle rescue program began in the year 2000.