Endangered sea turtle released in gulf

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

Mayday is believed to be between 10-12 years in age, which makes her a juvenile. Most sea turtles don’t reach maturity until they are over 20 and most live somewhere between 60-80 years.

Nagle said, “He’s just a baby.”

In addition to beach-visiting families and the media, members of the St. Andrews Turtle Watch out of Bay County were on-hand to encourage Mayday in his return to the Gulf.

After a quick rest in the sand, Mayday felt the water and quickly shuffled his way head-first into the surf. Those on shore cheered and waved good-bye. Kids kept their eyes on the turtle for as long as they could and sent words of encouragement with him.

For Nagle, seeing an event like this reminded of her of why she’d dedicated more than two years to rescuing marine mammals across the Gulf.

“Working with sea animals has been a long dream of mine,” she said. “I’m very excited to be a part of this.”

Gulf World Marine Institute is a non-profit organization and part of the Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network.



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