Gulf World releases “Firework”, the sea turtle
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Gulf World Marine Institute put on a show for spectators Wednesday morning.
Visitors lined the beach in front of the Carousel Supermarket hoping to catch a glimpse of Firework.
Firework is the over 100 pound sea turtle Gulf World Marine Institute released Wednesday.
The big sea turtle was caught at the County Pier on June 30th and was treated for the past few weeks.
After a clean bill of health, Firework was ready to go home.
”Thankfully the fisherman got with the pier managers, they brought us the turtle so we could make sure there was nothing else wrong with him besides that one hook,” Lauren Albrittain, Stranding Coordinator for Gulf World Marine Institute, said. “Turns out there was, he had over ten hooks on or in him. We were able to successfully remove all of his hooks, so he is gear free.”
If you happen to hook a sea turtle or see an injured one, please give the Gulf World Marine Institute a call.
You can find that number and more information here.
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