This is a trip six weeks in the making.
A one hundred pound, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is back in the gulf.
The missing front flipper was not the reason she spent six weeks in rehab at the Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach. A fishing hook was embedded in its mouth.
“We were coming up on some people fishing,” says Marci Forrestor, “and all of a sudden they frantically started running towards us and going are you sea turtle people, are you sea turtle people?”
Forrestor along with Jackie Kaiser are volunteers with “Share the Beach”. They helped rescue the turtle. “Your adrenaline just goes. You want to help. You want to do the right thing,” says Kaiser.
Now, they are helping again. For the first time since that August morning, the turtle is back in familiar waters.
The Gulfarium reports an increase in the number of Alabama turtles in their rehab facilities. They attribute that to more people and more education of what to do when there is an encounter with a sea turtle.
If you see a turtle in need of help you can call the stranding hotline 1-866-SEA-TURTLE.