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CMA to release rehabilitated sea turtle
CMA to release rehabilitated sea turtle

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- A juvenile green sea turtle rehabilitated at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium was released Thursday in the Charlotte Harbor area.

"Emmie," as she's was named, was rescued in Lee County on Oct. 30 and brought to the aquarium suffering lethargy, slow heart rate and swelling around the eyes - symptoms that suggested red tide intoxication.

There were red tide blooms in that area at the time of her rescue.

"Luckily for Emmie, she was caught early enough on that the toxin had not damaged her central nervous system too badly and with a few days of supportive fluid therapy, she started bouncing back; her heart rate came back up to a normal range, she became more active in her dry dock, and her eye swelling resolved, the aquarium stated. "Today Emmie is a fast swimming, fast eating, beautiful little green sea turtle."

She is the 15th sea turtle to be rehabilitated at the aquarium this year.

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