Sea turtles ready for release after being hooked

Voldemort, a Kemp's ridley sea turtle. (Photo provided by the Virginia Aquarium)
Voldemort, a Kemp's ridley sea turtle. (Photo provided by the Virginia Aquarium)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team is preparing to release three sea turtles that were hooked this summer by recreational fishermen.

According to the Virginia Aquarium, the turtles were rehabilitated and are ready to be released.

“Ursula” the turtle is a Kemp’s ridley, which the Aquarium says is the most endangered turtle species. Ursula was hooked at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier on June 7, and had several cuts in addition to being undernourished.

“Voldemort,” who is also a Kemp’s ridley turtle, has been hooked twice in the area. The second time, the turtle’s injuries required surgery.

Another turtle, a green sea turtle named “Green Goblin,” was found on the bank of Owls Creek on July 5, according to the Aquarium. He was hooked through his right upper and lower eyelids and had a shell fracture.

Joan Barnes with the Virginia Aquarium said in news release that the turtles are still too young for sex to be determined.

The three turtles will be released along the shore behind Neptune’s Park at 31st Street on Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend and watch the release.

If you see a hooked turtle, call the Stranding Response Team’s 24-hour hotline at 757-385-7575.

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