CMA | Kirby The Sea Turtle's Release
1:50Published on May 15, 2019
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) released its largest rescued Loggerhead sea turtle to date. Kirby, a 225-pound endangered loggerhead sea turtle, headed home on Tuesday, May 14 off Clearwater Beach, FL. Kirby is an adult male sea turtle who was found floating near Indian Rocks Beach on January 29, 2019. CMA staff rescued Kirby and found a T-shaped wound on his head, several barnacles and algae on his carapace. He also had a buoyancy issue suspected to be caused by a GI tract problem. His treatment plan consisted of fluids, vitamins, antibiotics, and monitoring his body temperature. Kirby steadily gained weight and his buoyancy improved. He is now healthy and ready to return to the wild.