Loggerheads turtles released after recovering from red tide
SARASOTA - Two loggerhead sea turtles, nicknamed “Lilly” and “Farmer,” were released from Lido Beach on Tuesday.
This comes after they both recovered from red tide toxins at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital..
“Lilly” was found floating on the south end of Naples Bay on March 30 AND “Farmer” was found washed ashore at Holmes Beach on Feb. 21.
“We are super excited to see them go," said Lynne Byrd, Mote’s Rehabilitation and Medical Care Manager. "Without the help and intervention of a facility like Mote, these animals wouldn’t be alive and we wouldn’t be enjoying this happy experience.” Within Sarasota or Manatee county waters, if you see a stranded or dead sea turtle, dolphin or whale, please call Mote's Stranding Investigations Program, a 24-hour response service, at 941-988-0212.