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Stranded Sea Turtle Returns to Ocean from Assateague State Park

Rescued, Recovered Reptile Released

Photo of loggerhead sea turtle returning to Atlantic OceanA loggerhead sea turtle that had been found stranded in the Chesapeake Bay last fall has been released back to the water. On Thursday morning, the joint efforts of several organizations and individuals culminated when “Bailey,” an 86-lb. juvenile male, returned safely to the sea from Assateague State Park.

Bailey was found floating in the bay last fall and was rescued by Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program. Sea Turtle Recovery, a nonprofit sea turtle hospital, treated Bailey for a severe lung infection at the organization’s facility in New Jersey and teamed up with the National Aquarium for his Maryland release.

“Bailey truly had a group effort to ensure his full recovery and release, and we are very thankful for such an amazing network of rehabilitation facilities and the staff at Assateague State Park,” said Sea Turtle Recovery’s Co-Executive Officer Brandi Biehl.

All species of sea turtle are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act and are listed as either threatened or endangered.

Visitors to Maryland’s coastline are reminded when finding a stranded marine mammal or sea turtle that may be in need of medical attention to keep a distance and call the National Aquarium’s Stranding Hotline at 410-576-3880.