Animal Rescue Update: April Rescue Turtle Release

Yesterday, National Aquarium Animal Rescue released 36 rescue turtles from Little Talbot Island State Park in Florida!

Published April 19, 2018

In our biggest release ever, Animal Rescue traveled to Little Talbot Island State Park to release 36 sea turtles back into the Atlantic Ocean. Out of the 36 turtles released, 14 were critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that were rehabilitated at the National Aquarium.

Turtle release on the beach

The remaining 22 turtles were cared for by six other regional facilities including the National Marine Life Center, the New England Aquarium, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, the Pittsburgh Zoo and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Life Center.

Turtle swimming into the ocean

Following this year’s animal rescue naming theme, all 14 turtles in our care were nicknamed after breakfast food. The turtles that were released yesterday include the turtle that was nicknamed by our members, Waffles, as well as Bagel, Quiche and French Toast.

The turtles in our care were rescued in November from New England and were suffering from a variety of ailments associated with cold-stunning. After yesterday’s release, we have four rescue turtles in our care: Canuck the loggerhead and three Kemp’s ridleys from the National Marine Life Center. 


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