VIDEO: Brevard Zoo Assisting Sea Turtle Preservation Society In Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

By  //  October 17, 2016

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Brevard Zoo caring for 32 washbacks

ABOVE VIDEO: The Brevard Zoo is caring for 32 washbacks brought to them by Sea Turtle Preservation Society in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It’s quite possible that some have swallowed plastic, but the zoo staff is committed to reenergizing and releasing as many as possible. (Berevard Zoo video)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard Zoo is caring for 32 washbacks brought to them by Sea Turtle Preservation Society in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

It’s quite possible that some have swallowed plastic, but the zoo staff is committed to reenergizing and releasing as many as possible.

“Washbacks” are post hatchlings, which means that they are turtles who were too weak or debilitated to fight the strong currents and wash back ashore.

These are turtles that are usually a few days to a few weeks old, which is considered post hatchling size (Larger than 5 cm.).

Any turtle that is a post hatchling or larger must be admitted and documented as a patient at our facility. The small white dots on their shells are identifying markers.

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ABOVE VIDEO: The Brevard Zoo is caring for 32 washbacks brought to them by Sea Turtle Preservation Society in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It’s quite possible that some have swallowed plastic, but the zoo staff is committed to reenergizing and releasing as many as possible. (Berevard Zoo video)


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