Monday, May 18, 2009

Ursula, The Surfing Turtle

What a glorious day - the Sea Turtle Preservation Society truck pulled into the parking lot of Pelican Beach Park in Satellite Beach about 3:30 this afternoon, driven by Gina, with Ann riding shotgun, and Ursula the Turtle in the back.
Our February 26 post spoke of STPS volunteers Ann and Ursula (the person) finding a weakened juvenile green sea turtle and transporting it to the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet. Since that time, we've shared photos and updates from Tammy and Michelle at the MSC, and today, their hard work was rewarded with the release of Ursula the Turtle into a wild ocean.

Ursula, Then and Now!

The day was cloudy, rainy, and stormy, but that did not stop STPS volunteers Gina and Ann from trekking to Ponce Inlet to get Ursula the Turtle. When they arrived back at Pelican Beach Park, it was raining, but not storming, so we made our way to the beach. Release protocol requires taking a turtle out a ways in the water, rather than letting it wander in from the sand. As you can see in the photos, the waves were pretty big, so Ann and Gina sweet-talked a friendly surfer into taking Urusula out on his surf board.
The interesting part to me was that Urusula did a hang ten with no sign of fear!
Hanging 10!
A lot of people did their part to save this one juvenile sea turtle - our thanks to all of them. And Ursula the Turtle returned to Brevard in style, thanks to A&B Graphics in Cocoa. who donated the great wrap on the STPS truck!

Bon Voyage!


Cactus Jack Splash said...

Best wishes Ursula! Job well done everyone

Shellbelle said...

What a wonderful post! I spent the last week in Neptune Beach and was hoping to watch the surfers, but because of the rain there were not many out. So, thanks for sharing Ursula's pics, I've now had the surfing fix I was looking for!