Two rehabilitated loggerheads released into Gulf

South Walton Turtle Watch Group volunteer Dawn Ratcliffe gets ready to release loggerhead turtle into the Gulf.

South Walton Turtle Watch Group volunteer Dawn Ratcliffe gets ready to release loggerhead turtle into the Gulf.

Juvenile turtles get second lease on life

South Walton Turtle Watch Group volunteers Sharon Maxwell and Dawn Ratcliffe successfully released two rehabilitated loggerhead turtles into the Gulf of Mexico on June 30.

The two turtles, approximately 3-years-old have been recovering from pneumonia at Gulf World for the last 4 months. The turtles were discovered washed ashore last March.

Good luck little one!

Good luck little one!

Jason Hatcher of Freeport donated his time and 20 ft. Kenner Center Console boat for the release of the turtles. Jason captained his boat more than 4 miles offshore for the release, to ensure the turtles would not encounter fishing boats for the first leg of their new journey.

For more information about the South Walton Turtle Watch Group go to seaturtlewatch.com

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2 Responses to Two rehabilitated loggerheads released into Gulf

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  2. Lee Anne Simmons says:

    I am so excited about the work that Turtle Watch is doing.
    I have been coming here with my family for about 15 years. I have been so concerned that there were no regulations about leaving chairs and tents on the beach at night, and no information for tourists like myself to try and keep the beach free of debris for the turtles. This year, 2009, everything has changed. We had information on the turtles, all were required to clean up the beach at night. I have found 3 turtle nests. We are teaching the kids about the turtles. What an amazing job your group has done.

    Thanks so much!
    Lee Anne