Nomad, Yeti Released At Red Reef Park In Boca After Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Cancels Public Sea Turtle Release Due To Weather
There's something inherently captivating about Gumbo Limbo Nature Center's sea turtle releases, and the crowds tend to agree.
Public releases in our area happen once in a blue moon—generally, only about three times a year—and when they do, nature lovers are eager to attend.
Though a public release of two sea turtles scheduled for Tuesday afternoon was canceled due to poor weather, the two loggerheads were instead released privately Wednesday morning by Gumbo Limbo staff at Red Reef Park.
After six months at Gumbo Limbo, Nomad and Yeti made their journey home without a crowd, but don't fret—we've got all the information you missed.
Nomad, a large teenage turtle who arrived at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center last December, was named for being a traveler. Yeti, a young adult male who was also brought to Gumbo Limbo in December, was named for his arrival during the holiday season.
Both turtles were rescued from the Saint Lucie Power Plant, where they had become too sick to fight the current from the plant's in-take canal.
Trained wildlife biologists that work at the power plant caught the turtles and immediately reported their findings to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The FWC then approached Gumbo Limbo, asking if the center had any space for the two new turtles.
Yeti was determined to have a severe septic infection, while Nomad had a severe lung infection.
Kristin Child, the Environmental Program Coordinator at Gumbo Limbo, was grateful for the biologists that saved the turtles.
"It is wonderful that the power plant has amazingly trained staff capable of handling such sick and large animals and that they were able to get these turtles to a rehabilitation facility and save their lives," Child said.
(Images courtesy of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center)