Welcome home Sweet Pea

 

She’s finally back! I am very excited to announce that Sweet Pea the juvenile green sea turtle has returned to her home at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center.

For several weeks Sweet Pea received medical care at Gulf World Marine Institute for a long-term intestinal condition, but she’s a fighter and no illness was going to keep her down.

Sweet Pea went through a lot before coming to live at the sea turtle center.

In August 2016, she was rescued by Gulfarium after she washed up on shore tangled in fishing line. The fishing line had caused damage both inside and out. One of her front flippers had to be amputated, but that doesn’t stop this feisty turtle.

What has slowed her down was the damage caused inside. The fishing line, in addition to a possible spinal injury, made Sweet Pea’s intestinal track not work as effectively as it should. She has had trouble passing food for years.

To help her tackle this issue, Gulf World’s veterinarians brought Sweet Pea in for diagnostic treatment. Now, she is on a diet that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.

It is called Mazuri Sea Turtle Gel Diet for Herbivorous Turtles.

This strange green “gel” is kind of like tofu in texture, and it is nutritionally complete for a turtle like Sweet Pea.

And she loves the stuff, gobbling it up from her care takers and the turtle center.

Visitors can check say hello Tuesday through Saturday from 12-4 p.m. at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center in the Navarre Beach Marine Park. Book your visit at NavarreListings.com.