MSC to release two green sea turtles
After months of rehabilitation at the Marine Science Center turtle hospital, two juvenile green sea turtles will return to the sea.
Staff plans to release Nebula and Taurus at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Beach Street Ramp in Ponce Inlet. The release, which is dependent on weather and surf conditions, will occur on the north side of the ramp in the no-driving zone. Paid beach parking is available on the south side of the ramp, tide permitting. Guests can also park at the Marine Science Center and walk to the beach.
Nebula, who stranded in Ormond Beach on Dec. 13, was lethargic and dehydrated. The turtle stranded at 9.1 pounds and will be released at 10.2 pounds. Treatment included antibiotics, vitamin injections and fluids with electrolytes.
Taurus was discovered by Ponce Inlet Watersports in Ponce Inlet. The turtle was buoyant and unable to submerge. Radiographs showed gas in the gastrointestinal tract that was contributing to the buoyancy. Taurus was treated with fluid therapy, antibiotics, vitamin injections and introduction into deeper pools until the buoyancy resolved.
Both turtles are active, eating well, swimming and medically cleared for release.
The Marine Science Center is open to the public at 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. Visitors may view the turtle hospital and walk through a marine display area and seabird rehabilitation center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.marinesciencecenter.com or call 386-304-5545.