SANIBEL, Fla. The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife helped a green sea turtle make it back into the water Friday.
CROW officials saved a 5-year-old turtle who had been severely affected by red tide. The turtle was found in Pine Island Sound several weeks ago with buoyancy issues and has now fully recovered.
“In a two month span we’ve got 300 birds affected by red tide,” veterinary intern Spencer Kehoe said. “A lot of them die from it. We’ve gotten several sea turtles.”
As few as one in 1,000 sea turtles will survive into adulthood, CROW said.
Green sea turtles were downgraded from being endangered to threatened in 2016, according to CROW. Hunting of adult turtles and fishing gear can threaten the lives of sea turtles.
Keeping coastal waters clean is crucial for the survival rate of green sea turtles, which can live up to 60 years or older, CROW said.
WINK News reporter Channing Frampton shared a video of the turtle’s release on Facebook: