Thursday, April 5, 2018
By Mark Valerien
Ponce Inlet Green Sea Turtle Release

On April 3rd, 2018, the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet released three juvenile green sea turtles back into the ocean. The three turtles, Ginkgo, Magnolia, and Kala had been undergoing rehabilitation at the Marine Science center since the beginning of the year. While Magnolia and Kala's injuries were not announced, Ginkgo suffered from a hook in his flipper that had to be surgically removed. The turtles are currently ranging between two and ten pounds but will be over 400 pounds when they are fully grown. 

Since opening in 2002, the Marine Science Center has cared for thousands of juvenile and adult sea turtles, turtle hatchlings, gopher tortoises, freshwater turtles, snakes, and seabirds. The main purpose of the center is sea turtle rehabilitation. Vistors have access to view the seven hospital pools that house sick and injured turtles, hatchlings, and wash backs (hatchlings that get washed back onto shore). Once they are fully rehabilitated, the Marine Science Center releases them back into the ocean. The releases are open to the public to watch and are announced on the Marine Science Center Facebook page.