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Sea Turtle Release at LMC
Kahuna is Heading Home!

Sat, 7 Jul, 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

*Pre-release procedures will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Join us on Saturday, July 7th at 10:00a.m. as we celebrate the successful rehabilitation of sea turtle patient Kahuna. The release will take place on the beach located adjacent to the center in Loggerhead Park. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for best viewing and to see the turtle prepares for her return home to the ocean.

When Kahuna arrived at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, her injuries were consistent with that of a shark attack, with approximately 60% of her left front flipper missing and several deep lacerations on her right front flipper. The turtle also had labored breathing possibly from aspirating sea water.

Kahuna's innovative rehabilitation has attracted the attention of AOL News, Discover Magazine, teddyhilton.com, and others. In June 2011, an unlikely partnership arose between LMC and the Equine Hyperbaric Center of South Florida at Reid and Associates in Loxahatchee, Florida. The veterinary care facility for horses played host to the sea turtle during 18 hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments.

On January 18, 2012 she was moved to her new deep-water tank to allow for an environment with more space. In the five months in the new tank her activity level and appetite continued to increase. Recent bloodwork and radiographs showed that Kahuna's condition has improved to the point that she is medically cleared for release.

Location: 14200 U.S. Highway One
Juno Beach, FL 33408 (Map)
Fees: Free to attend
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