The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team completed a wellness check on Jupiter, a 75-pound endangered loggerhead sea turtle, before transferring Jupiter into a one-of-a-kind rehabilitation pool.
The pool holds 25,000 gallons of water and is 11 feet deep making it the largest sea turtle-exclusive rehabilitation pool in Florida. Jupiter, whose sex is not yet known, was the first patient to use the pool ahead of World Sea Turtle Day on Sunday, June 16. Jupiter will spend time swimming in a smaller enclosure — created with PVC pipes and plastic fencing — before it is released into the larger pool to test its swimming, hunting and eating skills. Jupiter will also need to put on more weight as a full-size loggerhead sea turtle can weigh between 300 pounds and 400 pounds. Once the team determines Jupiter is at full health, it will be released back into the wild.