Sarasota Sea Turtle Hospital Releases Loggerhead "Chipi" Back into the Ocean
Amidst the current coronavirus pandemic and so much sadness and uncertainty, we could all use a little good news.
Right about now, that small lift is coming thanks to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, which announced that it's released a sea turtled, dubbed "Chipi," back into the wild after the loggerhead turtle had arrived at Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital in October of 2019.
According to Mote's press release, after a good samaritan reported the turtle struggling at Boca Grande Pass beach and the turtle was transported to Mote's sea turtle rehab hospital, Chipi first exhibited signs of lethargy and neurologic issues.
"Over time, Chipi gained weight and began behaving more like a normal loggerhead. Once Mote’s hospital team thinks a turtle is a good candidate for release, they notify and coordinate with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to be cleared to release the turtle back into the ocean," the press release reads. Thankfully, that day came on March 25th, and the subadult loggerhead was released into the Gulf of Mexico with Mote staff cheering Chipi on for the happy occasion. Watch the video to learn more about this sea turtle and see Chipi's release below.
During these tough times, it's worth noting that Mote's hospital team "stuck to CDC guidelines for maintaining a clean and safe environment, ensuring they are able to stay dedicated to Mote’s turtle patients 24 hours per day." Currently, the aquarium and other public-facing operations of Mote's are closed to help safeguard the health of the public.
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We're grateful Chipi's care team worked so hard to get the loggerhead turtle ready to return to home sweet home, ahem, ocean.