Drew is a 135-pound loggerhead sea turtle is back at sea after her release Wednesday morning on Clearwater Beach.
CLEARWATER – Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff gathered at Clearwater Beach just behind Palm Pavilion the morning of Oct. 24 to send a newly rehabilitated loggerhead turtle back to sea.
Drew is a 135-pound loggerhead sea turtle that was found floating in shallow water just off Honeymoon Island on June 30, 2012.
Drew was emaciated and had trouble diving. She weighed 105 pounds when she was admitted and has since overcome her buoyancy problem and weighs in at 135 pounds.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Sea Turtle team has had a very busy year. The team located a record-breaking 200 nests on 26 miles of patrolled Pinellas County beaches. They have also rehabilitated and released five turtles since January.
About Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Florida non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to restoring and preserving marine life and environment through leadership in education, research and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine life. Visit www.SeeWinter.com to see speaker series lectures planned for the entire year.
CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival and inspiration has touched millions of people around the world. A movie, Dolphin Tale, about her life story was a No. 1 box office hit in theaters, and is now available in DVD.