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6 sea turtles to be released back into the wild this Saturday

Posted at 4:52 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 17:57:46-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — This Saturday, approximately six sea turtles will be released back into the wild. Rescuers will release 1 large loggerhead and 5 green sea turtles. The Amos Rehabilitation Keep at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute housed and recuperated the turtles that were brought in for rehabilitation for a variety of reasons.

One of the sea turtles, "Firecracker" the loggerhead, was rescued in August after being hit by a boat. He came in with extensive scrapes and lacerations on his carapace. His biggest issue, however, was damage to his front left flipper. The damage was extensive and a portion of his flipper was surgically amputated. Throughout his treatment, he received antibiotics, fluids, anti-inflammatories, and pain medications. The Green sea turtles suffered a variety of illnesses and injuries, from fishing line entanglement to general debilitation.

Saturday’s turtle release is made possible from staff and volunteer support from the Amos Rehabilitation Keep at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

The sea turtle release will start at 10 a.m. at Mustang Island, Marker 35 at the Tony Amos Beach in Port Aransas.

From Corpus Christi, take Highway 361 to Port Aransas, turn at the golf course over pass and drive onto the beach. Turn right on beach and follow signs to dunes Marker 35.