Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center Saves Sea Turtle That Swallowed 30 Pieces of Plastic

By  //  April 16, 2017

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'HUMBUG' FOUND FLOATING IN SEBASTIAN RIVER

ABOVE VIDEO: Humbug, a loggerhead sea turtle , came to the Brevard Zoo after she was found floating in the Sebastian River.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Sea Turtle Healing Center at the Brevard Zoo continues to produce success story after success story with saving the lives of Sea Turtles.

Just one day after releasing Homeslice, a sea turtle that underwent seven months of treatment for damage she received from boat propeller blades, the center released Humbug, a loggerhead sea turtle who was found floating in the Sebastian Inlet on December 14.

As it turned out, Humbug had ingested over 30 different types of plastics, which poisoned her system.

After nearly four months of nursing Humbug back to health, including making sure all of the plastic was out of her system, she was safely released back into her natural habitat last week.

The Sea Turtle Healing Center asks that you stick to three simple rules when it comes to plastic bags, bottles or what ever plastic based products used in your home.

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Brevard Zoo, in partnership with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS), opened its 2,400-square-foot Sea Turtle Healing Center in April 2014.

The facility includes two separate holding facilities with a total of 12 tanks ranging in size from 6 – 20 feet. The facility is not open to the public.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Try to reduce the use of all plastics in your home or at work, reuse when possible and always recycle when finished.

ABOVE VIDEO: Humbug, named for the time of the year in which she was found, is released back into her natural habitat nearly four to the day she was found floating in the Sebastian Inlet. 

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Some of the samples of plastic from inside Humbug, a loggerhead sea turtle. ( Sea Turtle Healing Center image)


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