Brevard County

Brevard Zoo celebrates 200th sea turtle release

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center celebrated its 200th turtle release Wednesday.

The green sea turtle, named Hope, was released at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach following two months of rehabilitation at the Healing Center.

Hope was found stranded in Indian River County by volunteers with Coastal Connections and was brought to the Healing Center on Nov. 19 with the help of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.

Once at the center, a team examined the sea turtle and found Hope extremely buoyant making it difficult to dive.

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Sea turtles that cannot dive find it difficult to avoid predators, boats, and other hazards.

After a CT scan at Rockledge Regional Medical Center and physical examination, Hope was found to have an inflammation of the digestive tract.

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Over two months, Hope was placed on fluid therapy and antibiotics before finally becoming healthy enough to return to the ocean.

More information about Hope the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center can be found here.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser,

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.