(JUNO BEACH, FLA) — Sea turtles are back!
Sea turtles made a return to the Loggerhead MarineLife Center in Juno Beach on Sunday since April.
In April, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the facility it could not take in sea turtles to treat because of water quality issues, specifically a pumping system that brings in water without enough salt. These issues caused the entire staff to quit in April, and Loggerhead CEO Kyle Van Houtan resigned abruptly in May.
The problems at the Loggerhead MarineLife were fixed briefly. CEO Andy Dehart has since stepped in and is working hands on to resolve all issues.
Dehart says he has a plan. The center has also hired a world-class veterinarian team.
The first turtle to arrive at the Loggerhead MarineLife Center since April is named Percy. Percy is suffering from a neurological condition possibly caused by toxic algae blooms.
“We’re going to go ahead and treat [Percy] with a treatment that we developed right here at Loggerhead Marinelife Center,” Chief Science Officer Dr. Heather Barron said.
Percy is the first turtle FWC has routed to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in months and now that they have that certification they can continue to take in patients.