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Sunburst

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Released off of Amelia Island. Sunburst, a green sea turtle struck by a boat has permanent injuries to her shell and a front flipper and a fractured scapula that prevent her release into her natural habitat. The turtle was rehabilitated with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center for 2 years before spending the last 3 years at the Pittsburgh Zoo And PPG Aquarium.

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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Gender: Unknown
Release Date: 2015-06-04 00:00:00
Release Location: Amelia Island
Last Location: 2015-07-23 19:21:30

Background

After making a very rare comeback, Sunburst, a sub-adult green sea turtle, was returned to the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Sunburst was rescued in Florida five years ago, suffering from flipper injuries and unable to move and dive. The turtle was rehabilitated at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and settled into captivity at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium three years ago after she was deemed “non-releasable.” But the team there did such a good job taking care of Sunburst that the veterinarians who treated her at the Georgia rehab and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed she was ready to head back to the ocean after all. Sunburst made the long road-trip home to Florida Tuesday and Wednesday, and was set free Thursday. While the zoo refers to Sunburst as a “she,” Florida Fish and Wildlife notes that Sunburst’s gender is still a mystery.


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