Kirby Jones of St. Augustine Eco Tours watches over a nearly 400 pound loggerhead sea turtle found floating, lethargic and severely emaciated, near the St. Augustine Municipal Marina on Thursday morning, February 23, 2017.
The marina reported the turtle, which is estimated to be 60 to 100-years-old, to St. Augustine Eco Tours, which operates under a permit to respond to injured wildlife in the immediate area. It took five people to lift the turtle out of the water and bring it to shore. They then called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who arranged for the animal to be picked up and brought to SeaWorld Orlando.
Shortly after the animal was found, FWC received a call to pick up a second turtle, a smaller green sea turtle, found floating in the water near The Conch House Marina. Both animals were then transported to SeaWorld in Orlando for rehabilitation. (Christina Kelso/ The St. Augustine Record)