Animal Rescue Update: March Turtle Release

Earlier this week, National Aquarium Animal Rescue released 11 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles rehabilitated at the Aquarium back into the Atlantic Ocean at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. This release marks more than 250 animals rehabilitated and released by the program since its inception in 1991!

Published March 23, 2019

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.

Woman releasing turtle into the ocean

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!

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