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Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Turtle Release and Beach Clean-up
Date:  6/20/2016
ArticleType:  Member News

Public invited to help CMA clear the beach for nesting sea turtles and celebrate the release of a rehabilitated loggerhead

Clearwater, FL (June 20, 2016) – Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) will conduct a beach clean-up and send a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle back to the gulf Tuesday, June 21st, 2016. “Kreacher” will be returning to the wild from Clearwater Beach near the Sandpearl Resort. Media and the public are invited to attend.

The beach clean-up, sponsored by Keep Pinellas Beautiful, will begin at 9:00am. Clean-up supplies and water coolers will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles. CMA will provide hands-on, educational activities to promote sea turtle awareness.

Found near the Sandpearl Resort on May 8, 2016, Kreacher was discovered floating and distressed with moderate edema. Results of a CT scan revealed shells in her esophagus and gastrointestinal track, causing her buoyancy complication and discomfort. She received TPN (total parenteral nutrition) treatments and a regular diet of squid and shrimp to help regulate her digestive system. With a clean bill of health, Kreacher is ready to return home to the wild.

Before Kreacher leaves for the gulf, she will receive a satellite tag to track her as she swims, allowing the CMA Turtle Team to learn more about the natural behaviors of the endangered loggerhead species. This is only the second tag of this nature to be utilized by CMA in partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy to collect data. “Using satellite tags, it has been possible to detail the post-reproductive migration routes of adult females and males,” says Adrienne Cardwell, Manager of Sea Turtles and Aquatic Biology programs at CMA. “Satellite transmitters yield data that could not otherwise be obtained,” says Cardwell, stressing the importance of the tag.

While the information provided is extremely valuable, the satellite tag is exceptionally expensive. Sea turtle fans are encouraged to join Duke Energy and support Kreacher’s journey and the sea turtle rehabilitation program by visiting the aquarium’s websitePictures and Video of Kreacher are also available for download.

Essential Details for Attending Media
Time: Beach clean-up begins at 9:00am. Kreacher will be released at 11:00am. Please plan to arrive by 10:15am for ideal viewing and give ample time to find parking.
Location: Clearwater Beach behind the Sandpearl Resort

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