Rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle released at Beacon Hill

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM.

It was a close encounter of the monofilament kind.

Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) successfully rehabilitated a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle which was released at the Bay/Gulf County line last Thursday.

More than 50 attendees gathered to watch Taylor, named for the county in which it was rescued, head back out to sea.

Taylor was found entangled in fishing gear by boaters in Perry.

“The monofilament restricts their flippers and then constricts when they move,” said Stephanie Nagle, an Education Coordinator with GWMI. “If not treated, the line can cut off the turtle’s circulation.”

Not expecting a crowd, Taylor appeared apprehensive about getting back in the water. After some encouragement from Nagle, the turtle headed out on its next adventure.

Taylor was considered a teenager and thus the sex of the turtle was unknown. Loggerheads don’t typically reach maturity until age 30.

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