Gulf World Marine Institute releases second sea turtle this month

Barney the loggerhead sea turtle was released back into the Gulf of Mexico Thursday. (WJHG/WECP)

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHJG/WECP) - For the second time in as many weeks, the Gulf World Marine Institute released another sea turtle back into the Gulf of Mexico.

Barney was found in late may by some home owners who noticed the turtle was unable to dive and seemed lethargic. Once the Gulf Marine Stranding team took him in, they began medications and a proper diet to insure a safe and speedy recovery.

The crowd that gathered at inlet beach for the release was filled with students from the Ohana Institute, many of whom had never seen a turtle release. The school brought them there as part of their marine science curriculum.

"This was an excellent opportunity to bring our student body down here to see science in action. It's really good and for kids to be able to see this and experience a learning that our school is based on is a nice opportunity," said Chad Thurman, a General Science Teacher at Ohana Institute.

Gulf World officials ask that anytime you find a debilitated marine animal to call them or FWC to handle the rescue. Never push the animal back into the water.

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