Turtle Tuesday: Calypso's Story
Published December 09, 2014
No trip to the National Aquarium would be complete without a visit from our unofficial queen 500-pound green sea turtle, Calypso!
Many have asked over the years, so we wanted to take this opportunity to share her story:
Calypso was born, we estimate, in 1998. In 2000, this green sea turtle was stranded in Long Island Sound and rescued by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.
Weighing just six pounds, Calypso was found cold-stunned with an infected left front flipper, which later had to be amputated to prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of her body. Because of her amputation, the turtle was deemed non releasable by the federal government.
Almost two years later, and several pounds heavier, Calypso was transported to the National Aquarium. After a few months of getting acclimated behind-the-scenes, she was transported to our Wings in the Water exhibit.
Most recently, Calypso’s home has gotten a serious upgrade! She has been content exploring her new home, Blacktip Reef, since it opened in 2013.
Leave us your questions about Calypso in the comments section!