“Cedar” the sea turtle made a hardy comeback after getting hooked on a fisherman’s line last month and has now been released into the ocean off Hollywood beach.
The turtle became injured Oct. 8 off the Dania Beach pier where staff from the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program evaluated it. Cedar was taken to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton where X-rays showed the turtle was being affected by two additional fishing hooks.
Two of the hooks around its neck were removed, but a third one was too embedded and did not appear to affect the turtle’s functions. The turtle was nursed back to health and released on Thursday.
So far this year, there have been 71 sea turtle strandings— nearly half of them found dead or dying during transport, according to statistics kept by the county.
The sea turtles that survive are taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center or Miami Seaquarium.