Animal Rescue Update: Sea Turtles

Published January 10, 2017

Our Animal Rescue and Animal Health staff are currently caring for 21 sea turtles!

The turtles currently in our care (15 Kemp’s ridleys and 6 green sea turtles) stranded off the coast of Cape Cod. After receiving triage care at the New England Aquarium, the turtles were safely transferred to the National Aquarium for long-term rehabilitation. Most of our patients are recuperating from cold-stunning, which refers to the health problems that develop when sea turtles are exposed to cold water temperatures for a long time.

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This year, all the turtles being cared for at the National Aquarium are named after characters from the Harry Potter series. All 21 turtles are doing well, and we’re excited to share that one patient in particular, Hogwarts, has made tremendous progress. Hogwarts was admitted to the Aquarium in early December in rather serious condition. Hogwarts had inflamed intestines and a build-up of intestinal gas, which prevented him from diving underwater. After two weeks of fluids and oral medications, we’re happy to report that Hogwarts can now dive normally.sea-turtle-feeding

All 21 of our turtle patients are now eating on their own and taking oral medication. The turtles will remain under the watchful eye of our Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams until they are healthy enough to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Stay tuned for more updates about these turtles!

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