Two Endangered Sea Turtles, Suspected Boat Strike Survivors, Go Home for the Holidays

Avocato and Uno, rehabbed at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, released Thursday

Clearwater, FL (Dec. 13, 2018) – On Thurs., Dec. 13, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) released Avocato and Uno, two endangered green sea turtles, back home into the Gulf of Mexico. The two sea turtles were rescued and rehabilitated by CMA staff and released at Honeymoon Island State Park.

Avocato and Uno are both juvenile green sea turtles that were found bobbing in the water. Avocato was found near Dunedin on Nov. 18 and named during CMA’s ‘cartoon character’ naming theme. Uno was found floating near New Port Richey on Sept. 23 and named during CMA’s ‘game’ naming theme. After assessment, it was found that Avocato and Uno both had a large amount of gas in their intestines along with possible healed boat strike wounds on their shells. With a healthy diet, Avocato and Uno were able to clear the intestinal gas and successfully able to rest and dive to the bottom for food. The sea turtles were cleared for release by both CMA’s veterinarian and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and ready to return home to the wild.

Avocato and Uno were released on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in Dunedin, FL.

Additional Details:

• Click here to download video of the release.
• The release was be held at Honeymoon Island State Park on Thurs., Dec. 13, 2018.
• Please contact Julia Anderson for more information: 727-686-3499 or janderson@cmaquarium.org

About Clearwater Marine Aquarium:
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working marine rescue center dedicated to inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation and release. CMA is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival, after an injury that caused her to lose her tail, has impacted millions of people around the world. A major motion picture, Dolphin Tale, highlighted her life story in 2011. The sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, was released in September 2014 and features the incredible story of Hope, a young resident dolphin of CMA. The mission and potential to change people’s lives differentiates Clearwater Marine Aquarium from any other aquarium in the world.