Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center Takes In ‘Ruby,’ Found Covered In Barnacles

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found floating about two miles offshore

“Ruby” was found floating about two miles offshore, underweight and covered in barnacles and a thick layer of algae. (Brevard Zoo image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Trident may be back in the ocean, but another loggerhead has taken her place in the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center.

“Ruby” was found floating about two miles offshore, underweight and covered in barnacles and a thick layer of algae.

The Brevard Zoo staff and volunteers are already working to get her cleaned up and back home.

“Ruby” was found floating about two miles offshore, underweight and covered in barnacles and a thick layer of algae. (Brevard Zoo image)

Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center Returns Rehabilitated ‘Trident’ To Ocean

ABOVE VIDEO: Wednesday evening at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, staff and volunteers from Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center released Trident, a subadult loggerhead sea turtle.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Wednesday evening at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, staff and volunteers from Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center released Trident, a subadult loggerhead sea turtle.

The Healing Center, which is supported by a partnership with Sea Turtle Preservation Society, has now released 12 juvenile and subadult sea turtles thus far this year.

Trident was admitted in July after being found by a University of Central Florida research team in the Trident Basin at Port Canaveral.

“She” was debilitated, underweight and covered in barnacles, algae and leeches. Trident was treated with antibiotics, fed nutritious food and given the opportunity to rest.

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Loggerhead sea turtles are most significantly impacted by marine debris, entanglement in fishing gear, coastal development, poaching and climate change.

They are considered “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

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Trident was admitted in July after being found by a University of Central Florida research team in the Trident Basin at Port Canaveral


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