Sea turtle release

The Turtle Hospital released an adult Loggerhead in Islamorada this morning! He was spotted several months ago floating on the surface, unable to dive to feed and in danger of being struck by a boat. Turned out he was floating due to gas build-up from eating too much lobster and crab (many of the Hospital’s patients are much more sick or severely injured). Treated with anti-biotics, fluids, and Beano supplement (a commercial product with a natural enzyme that helps prevent gas before it starts), he made a full recovery. A crowd of several hundred turned out to see him off. You can barely see him in the last photo below, swimming fast just below the surface, right at the mouth of the human funnel, a faint blur of golden brown with a froth of white water just behind him, heading out to who-knows-where in the deep blue sea.