Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Injured San Diego Turtle is Being Released!

If you recall back in February, NOAA researchers captured an adult male green sea turtle during one of our regular monitoring days, and noticed the turtle was not in good condition.  That day the turtle was taken to receive medical attention at SeaWorld, where the turtle was dubbed "Bruce" as his recovery began.

Today, several news sources reported that Bruce will be returned to the San Diego Bay today!  He has apparently recovered from his multiple injuries and severe dehydration, and has bulked up to a respectable 300 pounds. 

Here are some of the brief articles sharing this great news!

With any luck, I'll get to see Bruce again this year, as NOAA's monitoring in the South Bay will begin in the coming weeks. I'll keep you posted!


(This one from the LA Times has a great picture of Bruce!)
Green sea turtle once near death will be returned to San Diego Bay
Los Angeles Times
Bruce, the Pacific green sea turtle found close to death with gunshot wounds to his neck in January, is set to be returned to San Diego Bay on Tuesday. ...
Bruce the turtle ready to return to San Diego Bay
San Jose Mercury News
AP SAN DIEGO—A Pacific green sea turtle that was found near-dead of gunshot ... that Bruce the turtle is ready to be returned to San Diego Bay on Tuesday. ...
Recuperated Sea Turtle Returns to Ocean
NBC San Diego
By Sarah Grieco A sea turtle named "Bruce" by SeaWorld staff was found in San Diego Bay shot four times in the neck in February 2011. ...
Bruce The Sea Turtle Released To San Diego Bay
KPBS
Bruce the green sea turtle will be released into San Diego Bay today after undergoing nine months of veterinary care at SeaWorld San Diego. ...
Bruce the Turtle Ready to Return to San Diego Bay
KOLO
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/vjdtlm) reports that Bruce the turtle is ready to be returned to San Diego Bay on Tuesday. At Sea World, Bruce has ...
Bruce the turtle ready to return to San Diego Bay
Ventura County Star
AP SAN DIEGOSAN DIEGO (AP) - A Pacific green sea turtle that was found ... that Bruce the turtle is ready to be returned to San Diego Bay on Tuesday. ...