The world is now one female loggerhead sea turtle better. Just recently, a female loggerhead sea turtle was released back into the aqua-colored water off the Florida Keys after three months of treatment and R & R at the Turtle Hospital, located in the Keys.
Hundreds of turtle lovers had been following the story of this brave sea turtle (named Judy) and fans came out in bunches to cheer Judy on as she was set free into the water. During her stay at the Turtle Hospital, Judy was treated with antibiotics, vitamins, lactulose, and a hearty helping of squid and fish after being found caught in a fishing trap line off the Lower Keys in February.
Poor Judy had become so badly tangled in the fishing line that her left rear flipper had to be amputated. Fox 6 News got word that Turtle Hospital officials stated that despite this turtle's unfair setback, she is expected to do well in the open water.
Officials also stated that releasing Judy back into her natural habitat on Mother's Day weekend carried sentimental value because they are sure that the young female turtle will be able to lay eggs after she reaches the proper age.
Environmentalists have been complaining about commercial fisheries ruining the ocean (and ocean residents) for many, many years. Catching tuna fish in mass quantities, for example, has devastating effects on our oceans. Poke bowls are all the rage right now but the nets that catch the fish for poke bowls also end up capturing sharks, sea lions, dolphins, and sea turtles. Even if, by some miracle, some kind-hearted person comes along and notices a sea animal stuck and manages to release it, it is rare that it will come out of the net unharmed just as Judy's left rear flipper had to be amputated thanks to the tangled fishing line.
Some fishermen will even shoot sea lions, sea turtles, dolphins, and sharks who get too close to their money-making tuna nets. Sadly, the ocean is becoming a scary place for these gentle giants who just want to live in their watery world without human-induced consequences.
Good luck Judy!