ORLANDO, FL (WLOX) - A 245-pound loggerhead sea turtle, known in South Mississippi as Big Mama, is getting lots of attention at her new home in Orlando.
Big Mama was rescued during the 2010 Gulf oil spill, and has been receiving care since then at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport. But when Big Mama became too big for IMMS, she had to find a new home. This week, she made the big move to SeaWorld in Orlando.
These pictures were sent to WLOX News from the animal experts at SeaWorld, showing the full health assessment she received upon arrival.
Big Mama suffered severe bite wounds to her front and hind flippers making it difficult for her to swim properly. In 2012, she was deemed non-releasable by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Right now, she's living in the park's quarantine area where she will continue to be closely monitored. Eventually, she will transition to her permanent home at TurtleTrek, where her story will help educate guests about wildlife conservation and how they can make a difference with everyday actions.