Help us say good-bye to Iceman!

Published July 24, 2014

We’re thrilled to announce that Iceman, one of our rehabilitated Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, has just cleared our veterinary tests and is ready for release!

Iceman the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

Our Animal Rescue staff will be releasing him this Saturday, July 26 at 9:15am at Assateague State Park (just north of the Day Use Area). Iceman stranded in New Jersey on November 13, 2013 as a cold-stunned turtle, and was initially cared for by our colleagues at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine. Iceman was later transported to the National Aquarium for long-term care with our Animal Rescue division.

During his rehab, Iceman has been treated for secondary complications from the cold-stunning, including severe shell lesions. Iceman is healthy enough to be returned back his natural environment and you’re invited to join us in sending him off!

Iceman the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

The event is free and open to the public (normal park entrance fees apply). Plan to park in the Day Use Area parking lot, cross the boardwalk to the beach, then walk about 1/10 mile north on the beach to the release site.

We hope to see you there, but if you can’t join us, you can still support turtles like Iceman by making a donation to Animal Rescue.

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