Members of The Turtle Hospital staff weren’t the only ones present at Fiesta’s release last Saturday from Higg’s Beach in Key West. More than 100 well-wishers attended the public release. Fiesta was lowered into the water by local politician Mario Degenero, Congressman David Rivera and Miss Florida–the veterinarian at Harbor Branch–along with representatives from Save-a-Turtle and The Turtle Hospital. Fiesta’s release neared the culmination of a week-long conservation and art outreach project by The Wyland Foundation, with the last 4 days spent repainting a 3-D wall mural in Key West.
With 2 clearly visible linear prop wounds across her carapace, Fiesta was fully healed and eager to head home. Months of deep wound care allowed for healthy scar tissue to fill in the gashes along the back of her shell. Fiesta’s well-attended release shows how much hope there is for the turtle world and saving our oceans and marine life at large. We can help Fiesta and other sea turtles avoid future boat hits by being vigilant on the waters and obeying boating regulations.