Texas State Aquarium to Release Rehabilitated Sea Turtle in North Beach on July 13

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – On Thursday, July 13 at 9:00 a.m., the Texas State Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital will release a rehabilitated green sea turtle back into its natural habitat at North Beach in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The sea turtle was rescued on May 13 after it was found entangled in fishing line near the Texas State Aquarium. Second Chances staff observed that the turtle appeared unable to breathe and responded quickly, swimming out to cut the line and bring the sea turtle back to shore. It was discovered that the sea turtle also had a hook embedded in its neck. The sea turtle was transported to the Second Chances hospital, where veterinary staff removed the fishing line and hook, cleaned the animal’s wounds, and put the turtle on a plan to treat its injuries and allow it time to recover in a safe environment. The sea turtle’s wounds have now healed, it has regained its appetite and its ability to swim, and has been declared ready to be released into its natural habitat this Thursday.

Second Chances is asking the public to take precautions to ensure their fishing gear doesn’t pose a danger to wildlife like green sea turtles. Always dispose of your fishing line and hooks properly, and if you observe a sea turtle, move to another fishing spot. If a sea turtle becomes entangled in your fishing gear, do not cut the line but instead contact the Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital immediately at (361) 881-1210. Do not try to remove fishing line or hooks or release an animal yourself. To learn more about the Second Chances program and to donate, visit texasstateaquarium.org/conservation/second-chance-wildlife-rehabilitation-program/.

What: Photo/video/interview opportunity: Release of rehabilitated green sea turtle

When: Thursday, July 13 at 9:00 a.m.

Where: North Beach in front of the Radisson Hotel, Corpus Christi, TX