‘Lucky’ terrapin released to wild

While Navarre Beach is famous for its sea turtles, there is another rare turtle species to be found on the salty shores.

Diamondback terrapins are aquatic reptiles that occupy mildly salty waters, typically in areas of Santa Rosa Sound all the way north to the Yellow River marshes. So, it was a bit of a surprise when a terrapin washed up out of the Gulf of Mexico.

Last week, one of these elusive critters was released back into the wild after getting sick, likely from salt exposure. Lucky, as he was named, was discovered by Doug Browne, a local who spends his early mornings cleaning garbage off Navarre Beach.

 

Read the full article in the July 16 issue of Navarre Press.

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