WATCH: Construction Temporarily Halted on Friday at Port Canaveral for Sea Turtle Rescue

By  //  December 15, 2018

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ABOVE VIDEO: Erica Schwarz of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society prepares to transport an ailing green sea turtle to Brevard Zoo on Friday morning after it was found nearly motionless in the waters near the construction site of Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3.

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA– The Sea Turtle Preservation Society transported an ailing green sea turtle to Brevard Zoo on Friday morning after it was found nearly motionless in the waters near the construction site of Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3.

Piledriving work at the construction site was halted temporarily on Friday until the sickly, algae-covered turtle, estimated to be about five to seven years old, could be pulled from the water.

Erica Schwarz of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, Tina Nix of protected species observer with Rush Marine, the contractor building the terminal’s berth, and Blair Englebrecht, an environmental specialist at the Port were all on hand to make sure the green sea turtle was properly cared for and transported to Brevard Zoo’s 2,400-square-foot Sea Turtle Healing Center.

Brevard Zoo, in partnership with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, opened the Healing Center in April 2014.

The facility includes two separate holding facilities with a total of 12 tanks ranging in size from six to 20 feet.

Patients are brought to the Healing Center for a variety of reasons—they may be recovering from a boat strike, interaction with human debris such as fishing line or plastic, or debilitation.

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In addition to providing much-needed rest, experienced staff and dedicated volunteers use a combination of medication, surgeries, and nutritious food to nurse the turtles back to health and, ideally, return them to the ocean.

While the facility is not open to the public, you will likely be able to follow the progress of the sea turtle rescued at Port Canaveral in a few days by clicking here. 

If you find a sea turtle in need of rescuing visit this page or call STPS at 321-206-0646.

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