Onlookers bid ‘safe travels’ to rescued loggerhead turtle

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Back in September of last year, the folks at Loggerhead Marinelife Center discovered a young loggerhead turtle struggling in the surf on Juno Beach. Bloodwork was soon performed, which revealed the turtle was suffering from anemia and hypoglycemia. 

An estimated 150 visitors commemorated the release of Corwin, a rescued loggerhead turtle, at Loggerhead Marinelife Center on Wednesday, May 22. All photos by Carla B. Mroz/ Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Not only was the loggerhead underweight, it was also lethargic and in poor health overall due to chronic debilitation. Hospital staff at the Marinelife Center gave the loggerhead parenteral nutrition, antibiotics and iron. Staff also closely monitored the overall health of the turtle with weekly bloodwork. 

The sea turtle soon had a name – Corwin – in honor of Jeff Corwin, Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Go Blue Awards special guest and keynote speaker in 2018.

Corwin makes his way back toward the ocean.

After eight months of rehab, Corwin was released from the Marinelife Center and returned to the sea on May 22, a day that drew an estimated 150 onlookers to help celebrate.

The day began at 10 a.m. when Marinelife Center docents recounted the history of Corwin’s journey and final preparations to those in attendance, followed by a procession to the beach for the sea turtle’s release. 

Splashdown! Corwin heads out to sea.

Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts more than 350,000 guests yearly at no cost. The center is at 14200 U.S. Hwy. 1 in Juno Beach.

For more information, visit marinelife.org.

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