Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center Will Release Loggerhead Lucie Wednesday In Vero Beach

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Loggerheads are considered “vulnerable”

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – On Wednesday, August 30 at 5 p.m., Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center will release adult loggerhead Lucie at Round Island Beach Park in Vero Beach.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Lucie was found on lethargic on the beach in Fort Pierce. Rangers brought her to the water, but she was too exhausted to swim away.

She was transported to the Healing Center by biologists from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute on June 30.

Lucie was likely in the early stages of debilitation, a condition that affects the patient’s ability to swim, eat and hunt.

She was treated with antibiotics, vitamins and nutritious food. More than five pounds of barnacles were removed from Lucie’s shell.

Found in oceans all over the world, loggerheads are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Poaching, coastal habitat loss, climate change, ocean plastics and entanglement in fishing gear pose the most significant threats to this species.

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