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Seagull Drops Something At Girl’s Feet, But Double-Take Reveals Tiny Dying Seahorse

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Seagull Drops Something At Girl’s Feet, But Double-Take Reveals Tiny Dying Seahorse

It looked like a cheeto.

Sometimes, simply taking a second look at something can lead to something more significant than you could have imagined.

A teenage girl at Indian Shores Beach in the state of Florida observed a seagull dropping something by her feet that initially looked like a Cheeto. However, when she took a closer look, she realized that this was not a Cheeto but a tiny seahorse.

The girl and her mother immediately called to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and a volunteer brought the seahorse into the aquarium for the next steps. They decided to name it Cheeto in honor of what the girl who found the seahorse originally thought it was.

Upon further examination, they realize that it was a female seahorse. She ended up receiving a whole week of intensive care and then started eating grass shrimp. The aquarium told Fox 13 News that the seahorse was on her way to recovery and would be released back into the wild once her health was completely restored.

David Yates, the CEO of the aquarium, stated the following: “Each creature is important to us, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to rehabilitate Cheeto.” Cheeto is a yellow lined seahorse, but she appeared orange because of the ability of seahorses to camouflage with their environments.

Dan Matics, a Fox News reporter, visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium so that he could talk to the staff and give viewers a direct a glimpse of the seahorse. He began his report by telling the viewers how temperamental and sensitive seahorses are, and showed just how well she is recovering by showing her swimming around in her tank, which she would not have been able to do just a short while ago.

Check out the video at the end of this story!

It turns out that the teenage girl who originally found the seahorse and her mother put this seahorse in a cup of water in an attempt to revive her on the way back to their condo. They had just toured the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and thought that it would be a good idea to call them to see what they should do next.

According to Annabelle Cartwright, a marine biologist who is part of the team that is nursing Cheeto back to health, it is really great that they did what they did, as a lot of people would have just left the seahorse on the beach and just let nature take its course. Had that happened, Cheeto would probably not be alive right now.

As Cheeto continued to heal at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a live stream of her was created that was called “Cheeto Cam.” Basically, the seahorse has become a celebrity, similar to Winter the Dolphin, another star at this particular aquarium who has an individual camera stream.

After not too long of a time, Cheeto was released back into her natural environment, close to Caladesi Island State Park. The marine biologist who made this decision chose this particular area because there was so much seagrass, which made it a great habitat for a seahorse like Cheeto. Now, she is able to live the rest of her life in the sea with her kind.

We are so happy that the girl did a double-take, or Cheeto might have been doomed! Share if you agree!

Sources: Animal Channel and Clearwater Aquarium

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