While we and our friends, Ed and Michele, were watching the inspirational Winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium last Sunday, a Green sea turtle was brought in and readied for surgery. He is a young turtle who had been hit by a boat propeller and suffered a cracked shell.
This fortunate turtle will recover and be released back into the gulf, but it will take a year before he's ready to return to his home. In the meantime, he will live at the Aquarium, where he can be monitored in safety. Without the support and loving care of the Marine Aquarium, his would have been a far different story.
Green sea turtles evolved on land and took to the ocean about 150 million years ago. They are one of the few species so ancient that they watched dinosaurs evolve and become extinct.