Tropical Storm Lee Strands Loggerhead Turtle on Grayton Beach
September 27, 2011 by Kurt Lischka
Tropical Storm Lee made landfall well to the west of SoWal but it was a windy and wet Labor Day in South Walton. A full-grown Loggerhead sea turtle washed ashore and was stranded in Western Lake on Grayton Beach. Payson Howard and son Shawn got an up close look at her.
The turtle was banged up from the heavy surf so a call was made to South Walton Sea Turtle Watch volunteer Danny Burns who alerted a team to pick her up and take her for medical treatment at Gulf World in Panama City Beach. She's doing fine and will be releases back to the gulf after some rehabilitation.