A project of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
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Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2017-03-09 11:30:00
Release Location: Spanish River Park, Boca Raton
Last Location: 2017-03-24 01:04:47
On Easter night, March 27, 2016, the rehabilitation team received a phone call from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about an injured sea turtle and they immediately raced to the scene. Five-oh, affectionately named in honor of the rescuers, was discovered by a local resident and rescued by members of the City of Boca Raton Police Department. Responding officers carefully retrieved the turtle from the intracoastal waters while using a floating boat lift as a raft to get down to the turtle from the elevated seawall. The injuries were severe. Several officers worked together to keep the turtle upright while pulling him out of the water. They tried to keep Five-oh as stable as possible due to the large open gash in the shell, exposing internal organs. Quick thinking officers applied pressure to stem the loss of blood until the Gumbo Limbo rescue team arrived. At first glance, the Rehabilitation team thought the chances of survival were slim due to the severity of the lacerations. After admitting Five-oh, the Rehab team quickly realized that this turtle had too much fight to give up. With countless hours of triage, slow and steady treatments including Wound-Vac negative pressure therapy, Five-oh has made a full recovery. It has been almost one year since arrival, but this little turtle is ready to give the ocean one more shot! Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Boca Police Department, Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists, Palm Beach Zoo, Friends of Gumbo Limbo, and our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Team, Five-oh was released off of a Boca Raton beach after almost one year of rehabilitation!