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Rescued Sea Turtle Tagged and Released

Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 17:10:00-04

SANIBEL, Fla. - A Kemp's Ridley sea turtle was tagged with a flipper and pit tag. This is done prior to the turtles release and will provide valuable information such as when it was tagged, who tagged it and the turtles medical history. This is critical information if the sea turtle is injured and needs medical attention in the future.

The Kemp¹s Ridley sea turtle arrived at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on April 5, 2016 from Cape Harbour after being spotted, by Venture Out Charter in Cape Coral, swimming in circles and unable to dive.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) coordinated the rescue with the Lee County Sheriff¹s Office who delivered the sea turtle to a Sanibel boat ramp for CROW to pick up. The sea turtle was diagnosed with brevetoxicosis (red tide poisoning) and will be released in the near future.