Cold-Stun Season is Off to a Busy Start 

Published December 02, 2014

by Jenn Dittmar, Manager of National Aquarium Animal Rescue

The National Aquarium Animal Rescue team is currently caring for 9 new cold-stunned sea turtle patients, delivered to Baltimore the day after Thanksgiving.

kemps ridley turtle

Thanks to a generous donation of fuel and time from Pilot Edward Filangeri, the turtles were flown directly from Boston to Martin Airport in Middle River, Maryland. 

The turtles are being treated for a variety of ailments associated with cold-stunning, including pneumonia and blood chemistry imbalances. We’re happy to report that the majority of our new patients are eating well.

kemps ridley turtle

Our team will be receiving (at least) 20 additional turtles for long-term rehabilitation over the next week or two. In total, more than 1,000 sea turtles have stranded along the Northeast coast in the last three weeks.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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