Marine Science Center provides rescued turtles with a second chance at life.

Three juvenile sea turtles were recently released back into the ocean after being successfully rehabilitated by the Marine Science Center in Volusia County. Named Manchego, Nettle, and Swiss, the turtles were found in various locations in Volusia County between March and April. Manchego and Nettle were suffering from pneumonia when they were found, while Swiss had a missing left front flipper due to predation.

After receiving treatment and rehabilitation at the Marine Science Center, the three turtles were deemed ready for release by veterinarian Brooke Burkhalter. Despite Swiss having a missing flipper, Burkhalter confirmed that the turtle was still able to swim effectively. The release took place at the Beach Street ramp in Ponce Inlet, where locals gathered to witness the event.

The successful rehabilitation and release of these turtles was made possible by the efforts of the Marine Science Center in Volusia County. The center has been working tirelessly to protect and preserve sea turtles in their natural habitat for many years. Through its dedicated team of experts and state-of-the-art facilities, the center is able to provide critical care and support to these endangered species. As a result, more than 90% of sea turtles released from the center go on to successfully return to their ocean home.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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