Nearly two dozen juvenile sea turtles are receiving life-saving treatment at Turtle Hospital in the Keys.
Nearly twenty juvenile green sea turtles come alive with a team of dedicated experts from Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida.
An astonishing 22 young turtles, many with barnacles, indicating severe malnutrition, were stranded along the Florida coast this week, pushing local wildlife organizations to their limit.
Officers from the Florida Wildlife and Fish Conservation Commission led the young turtles, wrapped in towels and placed in plastic bins, Brevard Zoo in Melbourne and Volusia County Marine Science Center in the hospital. Monday night.
“They washed ashore last week, lethargic, covered with geese, and facilities all over Florida have a reception capacity,” said Bette Zirkelbach, director of Turtle Hospital, CBS Miami. “The Turtle Hospital receives these turtles to help them because we have the capacity for these turtles and we have the staff and, thankfully, the resources to rehabilitate them.”
Scientists do not really know why turtles have been stuck or undernourished, but Zirkelbach told CBS Miami that young sea turtles stranded on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in central Florida were an “event.” normal”. spring “in the last two years.
“There is not a single smoking gun that veterinarians have discovered that attracts these turtles,” Zirkelbach said. “It can be weather conditions, it can be the currents or the winds that drag them to the coast, maybe the weak ones”.
Tortuga Hospital has treated and rehabilitated more than 2,000 injured sea turtles over the last 30 years. It is the first marine turtle hospital with a state license.
As far as turtles are concerned, Zirkelbach tells Southern Living that each is named after a spice.
We are pleased to announce that Cream and Tartar (pictured above) and their turtle companions are getting the best care in the world and are improving fast. You can follow their journey on the Turtle Hospital Facebook page.
Source: Southern Living