Marine Science Center Releases 3 Sea Turtles

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MSC to release three sea turtles Sept. 5

The Marine Science Center will return three rehabilitated sea turtles
to the ocean at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Washington Oaks State
Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast.

Two of the turtles – Olaf, a 75-pound loggerhead, and David, a
12-pound green sea turtle – have been in rehabilitation at the
center’s turtle hospital since mid-April. When they were found, the
turtles were covered in algae and barnacles and were severely
underweight, dehydrated and hypoglycemic.

Squirtle, a 10-pound green sea turtle, was brought to the center July
20 after being hooked by a fisherman. Radiographs revealed three hooks
embedded in the turtle’s mouth and esophagus. Squirtle has made a full
recovery since having the hooks surgically removed and undergoing
treatment with antibiotics, vitamins and fluid therapy.

The Marine Science Center has treated 62 sea turtles and more than 55
other reptiles this year.

The center, which provides sea turtle and seabird treatment and
rehabilitation, is at 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. It’s open to
the public 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.

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