Georgia's hospital for sick and injured sea turtles on Jekyll Island plans to return two more of its patients to the wild. Georgia Sea Turtle Center officials say it's the third time this month that pairs of turtles have been returned to the ocean after recovering sufficiently to survive in the wild.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is returning two of its amphibious patients to the wild. Staff at the sea turtle hospital on Jekyll Island planned to release the turtles on the beach at noon Wednesday. Each spent several weeks recovering from illness and injuries.
Jekyll Island is offering weekly educational courses for visitors curious about one of the main predators living at the state park — the American alligator. Park officials say the Wednesday morning classes at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will explain alligators' habitat and lifestyle.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center officials say one of their most popular patients will be moved to Sea World in Orlando, Fla. Spokeswoman Anna Hall says Caton, a female loggerhead sea turtle being treated at the center, has previously been released into the wild three times. Hall says Caton either swam back to the shores of Jekyll Island every time she was released or just sat on the beach.
Coastal Georgia's hospital for sick and injured sea turtles is admitting at least six new patients from an aquarium in Boston. The ailing turtles were scheduled to arrive by plane Monday at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. They were being treated at the New England Aquarium, but needed to be moved because of overcrowding.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently re-classified loggerhead sea turtles. Some are now considered “endangered” and others remain at the lesser “threatened” category. Georgia’s turtles remain classified as threatened, and the state’s sea turtle program coordinator said the turtle population remains at risk but seems to be improving.