Georgia Sea Turtle Center Releases an Old Friend into the Sea

Posted on July 7, 2008

Dylan Loggerhead Sea Turtle


Dylan, a hatchling loggerhead sea turtle who was rescued on Jekyll Island almost 10 years ago, was released back into the ocean last week. Dylan had been learning the skills she needed to return to the wild this past year - including identifying and capturing natural prey such as blue crabs, horseshoe crabs and whelks. Veterinarians at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center have been pleased with Dylan's progress according to a news release.

Dr. Terry Norton, Director of Veterinary Services and Interim Director of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, says in a statement, "She has come a long way in the last year and has been a great representative of sea turtle education and conservation, helping to spread the word about the plight of the sea turtle and the marine ecosystem. We are glad to see her depart for her real home at sea and are excited to watch her travels once she is released."

You can read more about the Georgia Sea Turtle Center here. For another look at rescued loggerheads being released into the wild check out the BBC's diary about the release of two loggerheads that washed up on UK and Ireland coasts earlier this year.

Photo: Georgia Aquarium/PRNewswire