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Uploaded on Jan 20, 2011
ABOUT CLETUS: Cletus, an endangered green sea turtle, was caught in the intake canal at the Port St. Lucie Power Plant, where it sustained trauma to the head and several corneal ulcerations . During the sea turtle's 62-day stay at Loggerhead Marinelife Center's Gordon & Patricia Gray Veterinary Hospital in Juno Beach, it received daily antibiotic injections; topical antibiotics to treat its corneal ulcers; and medication for pain. The sex of Cletus is unknown. Cletus is the first sea turtle released by Loggerhead Marinelife Center in 2011.
GREEN TURTLE FACTS: Listed as Endangered under the U.S. Federal Endangered Species Act; Become herbivorous when they reach adulthood; Named for greenish color of body fat; 500 to 8,500 nests reported each year; Medium to large sea turtle, nesting females in Florida average 3.3 feet in length and 300 pounds in weight; Hatchlings are two inches long; Nest in Florida from June through late September; Survival in Florida threatened by beach lighting, habitat alterations and drowning in fishing gear.