SeaWorld Orlando returns rescued sea turtle to wild

Last Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:33 AM EST

A juvenile Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle that was rescued in 2012 off the Cape Cod, Mass. Coast was returned to the wild Thursday by the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team.

A total of 24 sea turtles were rescued from cold stress by the U.S. Coast Guard in November 2012 and then brought to SeaWorld Orlando for treatment. The turtle released Thursday was the last of the group to be returned to the wild.

During its stay at SeaWorld the turtle was treated for cold stress, severe pneumonia and tissue wounds on his neck and flippers.

The turtle was returned to the ocean at Canaveral National Seashore.

So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued five sea turtles and returned seven.

If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hotline at (888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.