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Two turtles released on Lido Beach

Two turtles released on Lido Beach

Sarasota, Florida -- They were found malnourished and sluggish, but Friday, two loggerhead sea turtles swam away strongly into the Gulf. Both turtles, nicknamed Faith and Felicity, had been rehabilitated by Mote Marine Laboratory.

Photo Gallery: Sea turtles 'Faith' and 'Felicity' release

Well-traveled turtle rehabbing at Mote Marine

Well-traveled turtle rehabbing at Mote Marine

Sarasota, Florida -- A well-traveled sea turtle is settling in at Mote Marine Laboratory. The endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle is being cared for in a medical tank.

The turtle's incredible journey started in November 2008, when it was rescued in the Netherlands, thousands of miles from its home waters. The turtle probably drifted on ocean currents after becoming "cold-stunned" by chilly waters.

Sarasota cattle grazing visit Dec. 8

Sarasota cattle grazing visit Dec. 8

Sarasota County Natural Resources will host a cattle grazing site visit at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Jordyn parcel of the Deer Prairie Creek in Venice.  Deer Prairie Creek is part of the county's Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP).

The event will cover the purpose and benefits of cattle grazing on county-owned pastures and why it is important for land management and wildfire prevention.

Penguin exhibit opens at Mote

Penguin exhibit opens at Mote

Sarasota, Florida - Sarasota's Mayor Suzanne Attwell and other community leaders helped celebrate Mote Aquarium's newest attraction this week called Penguin Island.

The ribbon cutting was a black and white affair-- at least for the stars of the night. Penguin Island features six black-footed penguins from Six Flags in California.

Black-footed penguins are native to the warm climate of South Africa and are endangered in the wild. The penguins in the Mote exhibit were born and raised in the United States.

Melon-headed whale moved to Sea World

Melon-headed whale moved to Sea World

Sarasota, Florida - Dante, a melon-headed whale, has already been through a lot and on Friday he added a new experience-travel to Sea World.

The sick whale was found stranded October 23 on Manasota Key. Experts at Mote Marine Laboratory determined the whale was suffering from pneumonia and gastroenteritis and began treatment.

After receiving round-the-clock care, Dante's condition improved enough, that on Friday he was able to be transferred to Sea World for continued treatment.