Seventeen stone loggerhead turtle receives a helping hand

November 17, 2013 by  

Everyone needs a little help from time to time and that extends to giant turtles. Last Monday, Veteran’s Day, a 250lb loggerhead turtle needed help and help arrived from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The injured turtle was discovered by a homeowner and rescued by the FWC from a canal in the vicinity of Coconut Grove.

The loggerhead, with a damaged eye and shell, as well as missing its right front flipper, was taken by FWC via boat to the Miami Seaquarium to be treated. Jodi Tuzinski, Seaquarium spokesperson, believes the 15 to 20-year-old turtle was struck by a boat. The turtle, although lethargic, was nevertheless able to eat and dive.

Jorge Pino Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson, said:

“The injuries look severe but it looks like hopefully everything will work out and we’ll be able to save this turtle.”

Loggerhead turtles travel the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s endangered animal list. Mostly, the turtles spend their time in saltwater and estuarine habitats and come ashore to lay eggs every two or three years. The majority of loggerheads from the Atlantic Ocean are in the Gulf of Mexico and North America’s southeastern coast, with Florida being their most popular nesting site.

A number of methods are employed to educate the public about endangered species. Zoos and aquariums often place orders with postcard printing companies to feature these animals. More in-depth information is made available in brochures.