Sea turtle discovered with over 10 hooks in or on it


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (WMB) – When the Firework sea turtle arrived at the Gulf World Marine Institute, it had no name and 11 hooks found in or on its body.

But on Wednesday in Panama City Beach, Firework got its spark back.

“I just saw a turtle being released into the sea and it was so cool,” said viewer LJ Lawrence. “It was so fun and cool, and I just loved it.”

A fisherman at the MB Miller County Pier accidentally caught fireworks on June 30.

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He had to have surgery to get rid of all the old hooks and hook shards that were lingering in and on his body.

“He was actually our youngest patient and now he’s our next release,” said Lauren Albrittain, Gulf World Marine Institute strandings coordinator. “A few weeks is a very short time.”

It is certain that the loggerhead sea turtle was ready to roam freely.

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Several hundred people supported Firework on his journey back to the open water.

There were times when he stuck his head in the sand, but supporters like the Rowe sisters inspired Firework to keep his chin up.

The sisters are also advocates for all other sea turtles out there.

“If you do it, make sure you always say something when you see something,” Raelyn Rowe said. “For example, if you see a turtle appearing on the beach, you probably say something to make sure it’s okay.”

If you notify the local pier staff, they are usually willing to rescue and rescue sea turtles in distress.

You can also call *FWC or #FWC to reach the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.