The Turtle Hospital is excited to announce a public sea turtle release on Saturday, September 28th at 10:00 AM! Please join us on Sombrero Beach in Marathon, as we send Cupid off with love. We will arrive with the sea turtle just after 9:30 a.m. and the release will happen promptly at 10:00 a.m. Cupid, a 150 pound loggerhead turtle was rescued off of Marathon on Valentine’s Day, February 14th where she was found floating and swimming in circles. Cupid had a severe fracture to her head and to the front of her shell that most likely occurred due to a boat strike. Cupid was given plenty of time to recover, and spent her first couple of months in shallow water fitted with a float harness to allow time for her fractures to heal. Cupid was treated with a broad spectrum antibiotic, vitamins and a healthy diet of squid and fish. Cupid’s fractures have stabilized, she is swimming well and ready to go back to her ocean home.
2/14/13: Cupid is found swimming in circles against the shore, struggling to breathe.Rehab: Cupid is affixed with a float harness to help her swim. Received antibiotics and wound treatment. Water was gradually increased and physical therapy corrected her disorientation. 9/6/13: Cupid moved to the 30,000 gallon tank for a final test of her swimming capabilities. Her old habits of circling and tumbling in deep water are gone, ready for release!
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