Endangered sea turtle going back to the wild


Miami Seaquarium will offer a special group of students a ‘sneak peak’ of a new park exhibit, as well as the unique opportunity to assist in the release of a rehabilitated endangered sea turtle.

Students from South Miami Middle School’s Broadcast Magnet Program will assist in the release of Axel, a green sea turtle. After almost a year of nursing care and nutritional support the sea turtle has been rehabilitated and is now ready for release back to the wild.

The students will also be the first to get a look at the park’s new exhibit, Savage Ancient Seas, opening to the public on Saturday, March 7. One of the featured displays in the exhibit that the students will see and learn about is the ‘Archelon’, a giant 17-foot prehistoric sea turtle.

“We strive to educate students about protected sea turtles today. The fact that now, we can offer an exciting look at this ancient sea turtle specie is truly exceptional,” said Carolina Perrina, public relations manager at Miami Seaquarium.

Miami Seaquarium will release Axel, the endangered green sea turtle to the wild today in Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne.

Axel was an infant when he washed up on shore at Crandon Park Beach. Axel was a victim of a boat strike. He came to Miami Seaquarium in critical condition with a severe wound to the head. Currently the 11-pound sea turtle is fully rehabilitated and ready to return to the wild.

Miami Seaquarium exhibit, Savage Ancient Seas, invites park guests to embark on a paleo-adventure unlike anything else they have ever seen. Savage Ancient Seas, returns to Miami Seaquarium from March 7 – May 31, 2009 with brand new additions like the 17-foot Archelon, the largest sea turtle ever found, living or extinct, among many others prehistoric creatures.

The Broadcast Arts Magnet at South Miami Middle School is a one of a kind program that exposes students to the technical and creative aspects of television and film production, as well as broadcast journalism. The Magnet program, generated by Michelle de Diego, allows middle school students an inside look at news production.