Endangered sea turtle released in gulf

Mayday

An endangered green sea turtle, "Mayday," was released into the Gulf after its pneumonia cleared up.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM.

An endangered juvenile green sea turtle was released back into the wild last week after being rescued from the Apalachicola Bay in May by a local fisherman.

The turtle, affectionately named “Mayday,” was taken to Gulf World in Panama City, where it was diagnosed with pneumonia and had abscesses on its shell due to growth and debris in the water.

Mayday underwent rehabilitation for two months and on Wednesday, was finally returned to sea.

Stephanie Nagle, an Education Coordinator with Gulf World Marine Institute oversaw the process of getting Mayday back in the water.

A crowd of more than 50 spectators also lined the beach in Beacon Hill.

Nagle stressed the importance of returning the turtles close to where they find them.

“We don’t want to release them too far off the beaten path,” she said.



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