Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) released three sea turtles on Tues., April 17 at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, FL. The sea turtles included Echo and Papa, two endangered green sea turtles treated for the fibropapilloma virus, and Marigold, a critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle treated for boat strike injuries.
On the evening of May 6, 2017, a fisherman accidentally caught a small, juvenile Kemp’s ridley (named Oat Bran) at Pier 60. He had been using squid as bait which attracted Oat Bran to bite and swallow the hook.
A local fisherman found Iris, a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, on September 25th, 2016 entangled in a crab trap in Chassahowitzka River, Citrus County, FL. The crab trap had entangled Iris’s left front flipper creating a deep laceration, and causing the flipper to swell as well as causing a laceration on the dorsal side of her neck.