Grapevine’s Sea Life Aquarium releases first sea turtle patient back to the ocean



The green sea turtle Pancake was released back to the ocean following a surgery and six-month recovery. (Courtesy Texas Sea Life Center)

Following a six-month stay, the Sea Turtle Rescue Center and Rehabilitation Hospital at Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium released its first patient, a green sea turtle named Pancake.

On May 5, Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium opened as the first North Texas aquarium with a hospital permitted to rehabilitate and release injured sea turtles back into the wild.

Pancake was sent to Grapevine to recover from a recent surgery for a contagious disease that causes tumors.

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