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3/1/2016 Member News
Clearwater Marine Aquarium to release two sea turtles back to the wild on Wednesday, open to media and the public


Clearwater Marine Aquarium to release two sea turtles back to the wild on Wednesday, open to media and the public


Clearwater, FL (March 1, 2016) – Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) will send two rehabilitated sea turtles back to the gulf Wednesday, March 2, at 11:00am.  “Flash” and “Falcon” will be returning to the wild from Clearwater Beach near the Sandpearl Resort.  Media and the public are welcome to attend.


Flash, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, was found on June 23, 2015, five miles offshore of Hernando Beach.  Flash had a fishing hook caught in his mouth, which was connected to a four-foot-long fishing pole.  After hook removal surgery and months of regular wound care, Flash has made a full recovery and is ready to return to the gulf.


Falcon, a green sea turtle, arrived at CMA on January 30, 2016, in the midst of Operation Cold Stun ( Falcon was found with a mild case of the fibropapilloma virus, a condition shared by nearly all of the Operation Cold Stun turtles.  Luckily, Falcon’s tumors were few and small, allowing for a quick recovery. 


With over 250 turtle responses so far this year, sending Falcon and Flash back to the wild is an optimistic sign for the team at CMA.  The aquarium is very grateful for the generous donations from all over the world that have helped with Operation Cold Stun and to Duke Energy, who presented a $100,000 grant for the sea turtle program on Friday, February 26. 


“Duke Energy is dedicated to environmental stewardship, and we’re proud to support the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release program,” said Melissa Seixas, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy – Florida and Clearwater Marine Aquarium Board Member.  “Recently, the program has proven invaluable in helping treat and release cold-stunned turtles back into their natural environments. The work CMA does daily has a lasting impact on our sea life environment, and Duke Energy is honored to help them achieve their important mission.”


Join Duke Energy and support our work at and come see our team in action at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.  


Pictures of Falcon and Flash are available for download:


Essential Details for Attending Media

Time: Turtles will be released at 11:00am.  Please plan to arrive by 10:30am for ideal viewing.

Location: Clearwater Beach behind the Sandpearl Resort; media are permitted to utilize Sandpearl valet



Media Contact:  Becca Romzek, Clearwater Marine Aquarium,  727.441.1790 x289