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Marine Science Center released loggerhead turtle trio
Volusia County Marine Science Center (MSC) rehabilitation team
members released three loggerhead sea turtles on Tuesday, Aug. 6,
2013. The releases were on
the beach immediately north of the Beach Street ramp in Ponce Inlet.
Zee is a large
sub-adult loggerhead that stranded May 1 at the jetty in Ponce de
Leon Inlet. Zee was found by the family of MSC volunteer Arthur
DeWolf who were at the beach while visiting from the Netherlands.
The turtle was named Zeeschildpad (the Dutch word for sea turtle),
shortened to Zee (Dutch for the sea). Zee washed ashore very
underweight, dehydrated and anemic. The turtle's shell was covered
in barnacles and algae which indicated that it had been debilitated
and floating at sea for an extended period before stranding. During
rehabilitation at the MSC, Zee gained nearly 18 pounds and now
weighs 131 lbs.
Seymour is a juvenile
loggerhead that was caught May 9 by a fisherman on hook and line off
of the Sunglow Pier. The fisherman notified beach patrol officers
who rescued the turtle via paddleboard. Luckily the hook was only
snagged on a barnacle on its shell (not ingested) but the turtle was
covered in barnacles and floating near the shore because it had been
sick for a prolonged period of time and was debilitated. The
officers paddled the turtle to shore and transported it to the MSC
for rehabilitation. Seymour was underweight, dehydrated and severely
anemic. During rehabilitation, Seymour gained nearly eight pounds
and now weighs 55 lbs.