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CMA to release 25th rescued sea turtle of the year back to the Gulf of Mexico
Date:  9/22/2016
ArticleType:  Member News

CMA to release 25th rescued sea turtle of the year back to the Gulf of Mexico

Clearwater, FL (September 22, 2016)
– Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) will send “Weasley,”an endangered Kemps Ridley sea turtle, back home to the gulf on Monday, September 26th, 2016. The release will begin at 10:30am on Clearwater Beach near the Sandpearl Resort. Media and the public are invited to attend, and encouraged to arrive by 10:00am.

Weasley was rescued from Clearwater Harbor on September 6th, 2016 and brought to CMA for treatment. The sea turtle had swallowed a fishing hook, which was trapped in its throat. CMA veterinarian Dr. Shelly Marquardt conducted the hook removal procedure the same day that Weasley arrived. The sea turtle has made a quick recovery, and is ready to return home.

Weasley is the 25th sea turtle released by the CMA team this year. The aquarium has responded to over 130 live sea turtles in 2016, one of the highest years on record. Upon intake, the average sea turtle receives over $300 worth of treatment and care from the non-profit animal hospital.

With only one in 1,000 hatchlings surviving to adulthood, each sea turtle rescued and protected by the CMA team is crucial to the survival of the species. As the team says goodbye to another sea turtle, Weasley’s release gives CMA the opportunity to rescue, rehabilitate, and release more animals in need. Donations to support the sea turtle program are graciously accepted at www.seewinter.com/donate  

Photos and Video of Weasley’s rescue can be downloaded here:
https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/OiTwX  

Weasley’s release will be broadcast live from Winter’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/winter.dolphin/.  Attending media are encouraged to arrive at the beach no later than 10:00am.

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