BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A juvenile green sea turtle named Pearl was released back into the Atlantic on Wednesday after a four-month rehabilitation stay at the Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center.
Zoo officials said Sea Turtle Preservation Society members found Pearl on March 13 at Blockhouse Beach.
They said she was emaciated, covered in barnacles and had an inflamed shell.
In addition to providing nutritional support, broad-spectrum antibiotics, cold laser therapy and honey treatments, Healing Center staff said they also used medications to resolve a parasitic infection. Once Pearl’s shell had healed and the infection subsided, veterinary staff deemed her ready for release.
Individuals who find distressed sea turtles in Brevard County should contact the Sea Turtle Preservation Society at 321-206-0646 or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC.