Threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtle ‘Toot’ will Crawl to Ocean at Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Continues Rehab Efforts Throughout Hurricane Irma

Clearwater, FL (Sept. 20, 2017) – “Toot,” a 168-pound threatened sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle, will be released at Clearwater Beach behind the Sandpearl Resort this Thursday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. Media and the public are invited to attend, and encouraged to arrive by 10:30 a.m.

Fishermen found Toot floating near Tierra Verde in Pinellas County on June 27, 2017. She weighed 130 pounds, was covered in barnacles and seemed very lethargic. Toot was brought into Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) where the team carefully removed the barnacles and provided her with fluids, antibiotics and Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN). Toot, now weighing 168 pounds, received extensive care during her rehabilitation at CMA, including throughout Hurricane Irma. A team of CMA staff remained at the aquarium during the storm with the animals, including Toot, to continue care and rehabilitation.

“Our team continues to implement our mission of rescue, rehab, and release no matter the circumstance,” says David Yates, CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium. “Toot and the other animals at CMA continued to be provided with the utmost care during the hurricane, and we are excited to see her return to the wild.”

For further information, contact Julia Anderson at janderson@cmaquarium.org or 727.686.3499.