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Loggerhead Sea Turtle Release on Panama City Beach Oct 26

Discussion in 'Events and Activities' started by Teresa, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

    Nov 15, 2004
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    South Walton, FL
    Gulf World Marine Institute is happy to announce that Simmons, a loggerhead sea turtle will be released Thursday, Oct 26th at 9:30 am across from the Carousel Supermarket at 19400 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.

    Simmons was reported to be floating abnormally offshore of Tyndall Airforce Base. The sea turtle was brought by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers to the NOAA lab where Gulf World received the animal and diagnostics were performed by veterinary staff at Gulf World Marine Institute. The animal was suffering from a head wound that we suspect was a result of being preyed upon. Simmons was treated with pain medication and antibiotics. The wound site has successfully healed and the animal has been medically cleared for release.

    The public is invited to attend this event.


    Gulf World Marine Institute serves as the only long-term marine mammal rehabilitation facility in Northern Florida, which administers short and long term rehabilitative care to animals as part of its collaborative relationship with partner institutions. Over the years, our stranding team has come to the aid of thousands of sick or debilitated stranded marine animals. Gulf World Marine Park, Inc. (GWMP), the corporate partner of GWMI, has participated in stranding work since 1970 and is considered one of the leading rehabilitation facilities in the National Marine Fisheries Service stranding network.

    Read more about Gulf World Marine Institute at SoWal.com Groups & Orgs.

    If you see a stranded or deceased dolphin, whale or sea turtle, please immediately report to
    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission: 1-888-404-3922

    You will be speaking with a dispatch operator. Please have a description of the animal’s size, condition, location, and other important information ready. Please also report if you see a dolphin, whale or sea turtle acting suspiciously, beaching themselves, or carrying fishing wire entanglements. We very much appreciate your assistance to keep our animals safe!


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