Veterinary staff was assisted by a specialist for an endoscopy procedure to remove the last of two hooks he had ingested.
The hook removal was a complete success, and staff starting including more foods into Portsmouth diet, like blue crabs. While in rehabilitation, Portsmouth gained 6.6 pounds!
We packed up the trusty truck with supplies and our two sea turtles, and headed to the warmer southern shore waters of Virginia Beach. Virginia Aquarium’s Stranding team was set to release two loggerhead sea turtles of their own, so we asked if they wouldn’t mind our team joining them for a few days. The four loggerheads were met with a crowd of over 300 people who came to bid them well wishes and safe travels as they head back into their natural environment!
Each turtle was accompanied by a satellite tag and an acoustic tag for tracking purposes and research opportunities. Read more about Portsmouth's travels and see a tracking map, here.
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