Marine Science Center Doing Sea Turtle Release This Weekend

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Ponce Inlet, FL - Members of Volusia County’s Marine Science Center sea turtle rehabilitation team plan to discharge a patient from their hospital on Saturday.

A 70-pound sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle named Benjamin (pictures courtesy of M.S.C.) will be sent back to the wild at 3pm Saturday at the Beach Street approach in Ponce Inlet.

The release is weather permitting.

Benjamin is the 100th stranded sea turtle cared for by M.S.C. staff this year and was named after Benjamin Franklin, who appears on the $100 bill.

M.S.C. says he was underweight and in terrible health when found on the beach in St. Johns County on September 11th, suffering from weakness and dehydration while covered in algae, barnacles, leeches and leech eggs.

Veterinarians state that his shell was damaged by organisms living there and the shell’s top layer took quite some time to heal as a result.

The severely debilitated turtle was treated for dehydration and anemia with fluids, iron injections, vitamins and a nutritious diet.

During his 2-month stay at the M.S.C. hospital, Benjamin gained 11 pounds.

To date in 2013, the M.S.C. has treated 110 sea turtles and nearly 100 other reptiles including gopher tortoises, box turtles and freshwater turtles.

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