Menu Search
1-(800) 225-7652
HomeBlogJune 2016Endangered Sea Turtle Release in Destin

Endangered Sea Turtle Release in Destin

turtle rls

What a sight!  We were able to join locals and tourists alike to see the release of Mars, a 121 lb. loggerhead sea turtle, get released into the wild at Henderson Beach on May 19th.  The 21-year old Mars was found stranded off of Perdido Key on December 29, 2015.  She was in bad condition and was missing her left rear flipper, and had barnacles and red algae all over her back.  She was taken to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center on Okaloosa Island for rehabilitation and some TLC.

How did she get her name?  The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center decided to call her Mars because of the red algae that was discovered on her back when they took her in to rehabilitate her.  They soon discovered that it was the barnacles that made it difficult for her to swim, and she ended up getting treated for pneumonia as well as dehydration.  They also found red tide in her blood as well. Needless to say, she was in bad shape when they found her. 

After several weeks at the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center, she began to eat again. They dry docked her for about a month, and she quickly began to learn how to swim upright after only a month of physical therapy in the water. C.A.R.E. stands for Conserve, Act, Rehabilitate, and Educate, and the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park developed this non-profit organization in 2015 to further achieve its mission.

On the day of her release, a huge crowd gathered for a special sendoff back to the wild. Once they put her on the sand, she quickly went back to her home in the Gulf with a loud cheer from the crowd. It was amazing to witness this gentle, marine animal return to her home. 

The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park rehabilitates and releases endangered sea turtles back into the wild throughout the year. Visit their blog for updates and to find out if there may be a turtle release happening while you’re in the area. 

In addition, sea turtles nest along our shores from May to October and there are many ways to help our efforts to keep them safe and have a successful nesting season.  Be sure to knock down your sand castles and fill in any holes in the sand at the end of the day to avoid obstacles for these gentle mamas. In addition, close curtains and use turtle safe covers on your flashlights at night. Click here for more ways to help Save the Sea Turtles. 

Have you booked your next beach vacation?  Now is the time, view our premier Destin vacation rentals online or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652 to help narrow your search. 

See you @ the beach!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Latest Blog Posts

Newman-Dailey is Among the Top 5 Percent of Destin Real Estate Companies

Monday, March 12, 2018

It is an exciting time to be in the real estate industry in Destin, Florida. Last year was one of Newman-Dailey’s best years on record with 2017 real estate sales increasing 40% over...
Read More

Allegiant Adds Flights from North Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky and Arkansas to Destin Airport

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

We love great beach weather and so do our guests and clients! Recently, we learned some exciting news that more cities will enjoy direct air services to our sugar white sand beaches...
Read More

Best Coffee Shop on 30A

Monday, February 5, 2018

We all have our favorite local hangouts and the Newman-Dailey real estate team members are constantly out and about meeting clients and showing properties. Destin – 30A Real Estate...
Read More


Destin Sales Email Signup

Interested on keeping up to date on the latest:

  • Real estate news
  • Latest properties listed


Don't worry, we'll respect your privacy and not share your information with anyone else.

What are your interests?
Price Range between and .

Enter the number of email icons below: