Turtle Hospital Holds Public Release for 'Taco' the Loggerhead

By Maria Camila Bernal
|  Monday, Aug 19, 2013  |  Updated 3:12 PM EDT
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SeaWorld Releases 3 Rehabilitated Turtles

The Turtle Hospital

Taco the turtle

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Green Sea Turtle Gets on FedEx Plane for Vegas Trip

A green sea turtle with an irreparable collapsed lung was loaded onto a FedEx plane at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport early Thursday for the journey to his new home in Las Vegas. Richie Moretti of the Keys-based Turtle Hospital, who is also traveling to Nevada, is seen accompanying the turtle in this video provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau.

SeaWorld Releases 3 Rehabilitated Turtles

Two Kemps Ridley turtles and one loggerhead turtle were released into the ocean after being rehabilitated at SeaWorld Orlando.
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Taco, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle that was rescued on May 5, will be released back into the ocean Friday.

The Turtle Hospital will open the release to the public, which will take place on the beach behind Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada.

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“If I hadn’t been educated by the Turtle Hospital, I would not have known what to look for,” said Kimberly Spiegel, who found the struggling turtle. “Taco’s flipper was out of the water, she was swimming sideways and she could only dive down a couple feet before coming up again.”

Taco was treated in for an intestinal infection and was put on a healthy diet. The hospital gave the turtle squid, fish, antibiotics, beano and vitamins.

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The turtle is now completely recovered and ready to return to the ocean. The public release will begin at 9:30 a.m. and everyone is welcome.

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