Staff also released 25 sea turtles rehabilitated by the New England Aquarium, National Marine Life Center, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Virginia Aquarium and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, bringing the total number of sea turtles released at this event to 36.
Most of the turtles released had cold-stunned along the Massachusetts coast late last year. Many of them were treated for ailments associated with hypothermia—including pneumonia, upper respiratory infections, eye lesions and frostbite on their flippers.
The Aquarium’s naming theme for this season’s rescued sea turtles is elements of the periodic table. Some of the patients released this week include Neon, Titanium, Nitrogen and Boron.
Aquarium staff will continue to care for 15 rescue turtle patients—11 Kemp’s ridley, two loggerheads and two green sea turtles—until they’re also ready to return to their ocean home.
Learn more about the rehabilitation process for rescued sea turtles!