This sea turtle was reported as struggling in the rough surf in Mexico Beach on March 27.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Gulf World Marine Institute successfully released a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday during a calm weather window. The sea turtle was originally planned to be released on March 31 but the release was postponed due to rough weather conditions. “It was imperative to release the animal as soon as possible during proper conditions,” said Lauren Albrittain, Gulf World's Stranding Coordinator.

This sea turtle was reported as struggling in the rough surf in Mexico Beach on March 27. Mexico Beach Police Chief Anthony Kelly transported the turtle to Gulf World Marine Institute staff for examination and treatment.

The animal’s radiographs were clear of any signs of disease or foreign objects. The animal was given fluids and the glucose levels rose to a healthy level. The sea turtle was diving and swimming normally and was medically cleared for release back into the Gulf of Mexico.