It was way too easy to get emotional on Thursday as the Clearwater Marine Aquarium successfully completed the rescue and rehabilitation of a loggerhead turtle they named Xeno. She was found about 15 miles offshore of Clearwater Beach in obvious distress. She was taken to Morton Plant Hospital for an x-ray after arriving at the CMA, and they discovered a lot of what they called shell-like material in her GI track which wouldn’t allow Xeno to swim as she normally would. She eventually passed all of that, and was a healthy 130 pounds when it was time to say goodbye at the beach. Our photo of Xeno is courtesy of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
It was quite the goodbye. We were right behind the Sandpearl Resort off Mandalay Avenue with a lot of people ready to see Xeno. She made her entrance with the CMA on a cart, and was gently lifted onto the sand. Xeno now has a tracking device so we can see where life takes her next. It didn’t take her long to head for the water, and once she was in the Gulf she actually raised her head a few times while she swam away, which we all decided was a loving way to say thank you and goodbye. You can see the live stream of my Ann-Venture with Xeno here.