SANIBEL, Fla. — The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) released a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (patient 16-986) this morning at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida.
The turtle arrived at CROW on April 5 after being spotted by Venture Out Charter swimming in circles and unable to dive in Cape Harbour. The Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) coordinated the rescue with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office who delivered the sea turtle to a Sanibel boat ramp for CROW to receive.
The sea turtle was diagnosed with brevetoxicosis (red tide poisoning).