Clearwater, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO)
Ozzy, the loggerhead sea turtle, returned to the ocean Sunday after nearly two years of rehabilitation at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
With assistance from the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the CMA team applied her satellite tag, which will transmit her location for an estimated 7 months after her release.
While STC has used this type of technology before, it is the first tag of its kind being utilized on a rehabilitated CMA sea turtle.
Total estimated costs for Ozzy’s tag are $10,000, which will continue to increase as she explores the ocean.
Upon Ozzy’s arrival at the Sand Pearl Resort, there were many fans to cheer her on.
Ozzy came to CMA in November 2013 as a result of her entanglement in fishing line and a crab trap rope.
With a severe laceration on her right front flipper and broken bone, the turtle team utilized Thermocam assessment and Platelet Rich Plasma therapy to rehabilitate the loggerhead sea turtle.
After nearly two years of rehabilitation, Ozzy was deemed ready to return to the sea. The CMA turtle team carried the 150 pound animal out to the water’s edge, where she slowly but surely pushed her way into the waves.
With cheers of encouragement from the crowd on shore, Ozzy swam confidently out into the ocean.
Fans can be a part of her journey and track her progress at www.seewinter.com/ozzy