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Rescued turtle swims free after rehab

“Farfalle,” a loggerhead sea turtle rehabilitated at Mote Marine Laboratory, reaches the surf guided by caregivers from Mote. Mote staff beside Farfalle: Paul Hillbrand (grey shirt) and Lynne Byrd (blue shirt). Photo by Mote Marine.

The 163-pound adult female loggerhead sea turtle, nicknamed “Farfalle” raised her head and eyed Mote caregivers the crowd of well wishers before crawling down the beach and swimming off into the surf.

Farfalle has been in treatment at Mote since May 22, when she was found entangled in a crab trap about a mile offshore of Siesta Key Public Beach. Members of the public reported the turtle to Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program, a 24-hour response service.

The crab trap rope around Farfalle’s neck caused a deep laceration. Entanglement in rope, nets, monofilament fishing lines and other marine debris is a common problem for marine animals in local waters and can lead to injury or death for dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.

Mote staff disentangled Farfalle and brought her to Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital — one of Mote’s nationally recognized treatment facilities for sick and injured marine life. She received fluid therapy, food, antibiotics and excellent care until she was medically cleared for release.

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1 Response for “Rescued turtle swims free after rehab”

  1. Ameleah Johnson says:

    Hi. Last time I went to lido beach. There was a wound seagle in the bush. Someone toke it home to help it. I would not open it’s mouth. It was badly wounded. You could pick it up. It’s wings were injured. It had a hole in its stomach. It was lonely.

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