Animal Rescue Update: Sea Turtle Release

Our Animal Rescue team has released 19 rehabilitated sea turtles off the coast of Florida!

Published January 27, 2017

Working in tandem with the National Marine Life Center and the Pittsburgh Zoo, the Aquarium’s staff traveled to Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida, for the first release of the year! Six of the 19 turtles released were cared for at the Aquarium.sea-turtle-release-shoreline

Of the six released, four were green sea turtles and two were Kemp’s ridley turtles. All of our turtle patients this season were named after characters from the Harry Potter series, so there were some famous names in the bunch! Dumbledore, number 24, and Grawp, number 28, were among the turtles released. aquarium-staff-and-turtle

These six were the first of our 21 sea turtle patients to be cleared for release this year. We still have 15 sea turtles in our care and will continue to treat them for cold-stunning and other conditions. They will reside at the Aquarium until they too are ready for release!

Stay tuned for more updates!

Previous Post

Featured Stories

Phil-harbor-seal Animal Rescue Update: Phil is ready for release!

Phil, the male harbor seal in our care, has been cleared for release by our veterinary team!

Read the full story

beach-shore-dunes How to Be an Environmentally Responsible Beach Visitor

Show your appreciation for our coastal areas by being an environmentally responsible beach visitor, this Memorial Day weekend and beyond!

Read the full story

Related Stories

Animal Rescue Update: Phil is ready for release!

Published June 23, 2017

Animal Rescue Update: Grey and Harbor Seals

Published June 15, 2017

Animal Rescue Update: Blade's Second Chance

Blade, a Kemp's ridley sea turtle, first came to the National Aquarium in 2013 with a bad case of hypothermia. From infections to limb pain, Blade has persevered through a lot in the last year, but we're happy to report that he is finally ready to journey back into the Atlantic's warm waters!

Subscribe on Youtube