MARINELAND, FLA. (April 13, 2015) - During a routine dolphin photo identification survey in the Intracoastal Waterway of St. Augustine, Florida, Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station (GACFS) staff members sighted a loggerhead sea turtle struggling in the water. After reporting the incident to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), FWC Stranding and Salvage Network staff authorized GACFS staff to safely load the turtle into the boat and transport it back to Marineland where a sea turtle stranding workshop was underway at University of Florida's Whitney Lab. The sea turtle was placed under the care of FWC biologists, who then examined it and transported it to an authorized sea turtle rehabilitation facility. The sea turtle was in a weakened state and covered in barnacle growth.  It is still in the early stages of assessment but staff hope it will make a full recovery. If you encounter a sick, injured or dead sea turtle, always contact FWC at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC to report it to FWC.

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