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Brevard Zoo to Release Giant Sea Turtle Named Bubba at Lori Wilson Park Wednesday

Brevard Zoo to Release Giant Sea Turtle Named Bubba at Lori Wilson Park Wednesday

Bubba is a 375-pound loggerhead sea turtle.

The Brevard Zoo will release one of its largest patients, 375-pound hawksbill turtle Bubba, back into the ocean after three months of rehabilitation at the zoo’s Sea Turtle Treatment Center.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard Zoo will release one of its largest patients, 375-pound hawksbill turtle Bubba, back into the ocean after three months of rehabilitation at the zoo’s Sea Turtle Treatment Center.

Bubba will be released at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10 at Lori Wilson Park, 1500 N. Atlantic Ave. in Cocoa Beach. The release will be open to the public and will take place regardless of weather, although we will have to delay the release if a lightning strike is detected in the area.

Fins will be in the water at 4pm – so we recommend arriving early!

The Brevard Zoo will release one of its largest patients, 375-pound hawksbill turtle Bubba, back into the ocean after three months of rehabilitation at the zoo’s Sea Turtle Treatment Center.

Inwater Research biologists found Bubba in St. Lucie County on April 10. Noticing that both of Bubba’s front flippers were damaged, biologists used a crane to pull him out of the water and place him in a carrier on a delivery truck for transport to the Healing Center.

There, a seven-person crew was needed to lift Bubba, and two more volunteers from the Healing Center were needed to remove the carrier.

Initial examination revealed that both of Bubba’s front flippers were damaged, likely from a predatory attack, and may require medical attention. The sea turtle was also struggling with an intense infestation of sea leeches, which caused Bubba to become anemic.

In addition to taking antibiotics, Bubba began regular wound cleanings along with cold laser therapy on his front flippers. A freshwater bath removed the sea leeches.

There is no evidence of internal or external markers in Bubba, but our Healing Center team estimates that this sea turtle is between 60 and 75 years old and is likely a great-grandfather.

The Brevard Zoo will release one of its largest patients, 375-pound hawksbill turtle Bubba, back into the ocean after three months of rehabilitation at the zoo’s Sea Turtle Treatment Center.

Our Healing Center team’s goal is to release all of our sea turtle patients back into the ocean. This was especially important for Bubba, who is a reproductive male. In addition to being our largest hawksbill patient, Bubba is our first adult hawksbill patient!