A rehabilitated Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, named Guill, will be released on Monday, Nov. 20 in Orange Beach.
Guill was rescued on Ono Island on July 24 by volunteers with the Alabama Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network and City of Orange Beach Coastal Resources employees Wade Stevens and Lisa Graham.
Due to being entangled in fishing gear, Guill suffered from severe tissue damage to the neck and mild tissue damage to the right front flipper. Guill was brought to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida for rehabilitation by ALSTSSN volunteers Donna and David Dick.
Upon arrival, the Gulfarium staff treated the wounds and administered supportive fluid therapy and antibiotics. Guill has now been cleared for release by the Gulfarium staff.
The release is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at the Gulf State Park public beach access just east of Alabama Point and the Perdido Pass bridge.
Stevens, the Coastal Operations Manager for Orange Beach, called Guill’s success story “an excellent example of the outcome made possible when proper resources, training and great teamwork comes together.”
Due to the extent of its injuries, Guill wasn’t expected to survive, Stevens said.
“Orange Beach Coastal Resources, the Alabama Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network, and the Gulfarium all work very hard to prepare and respond to these incidents,” he said.