Gulf World Marine Institute releases turtle


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Hitch the loggerhead sea turtle is once again swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hitch was rescued from the M.B. Miller County Pier May 19 and was taken to the Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI). He had multiple hooks in his esophagus and intestines.

After surgery for the esophageal hook and the intestinal hooks passed, GWMI rehabbed him and released him into the Gulf Thursday.

“Seeing the turtle successfully make it through surgery, seeing him starting eating better, swimming better, behaving more like a turtle and then being able to send him home is what it’s all about,” Lauren Albrittain with GWMI said.

GWMI is currently accepting volunteer applications. To find out more, visit

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