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Six green sea turtles and four Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were returned to their ocean home on June 25. This release was facilitated by members of National Aquarium Animal Rescue at Assateague State Park, the site of two seal releases that occurred earlier this year.
The greens and Kemp’s ridleys came to us from triage units at North Carolina’s STAR Center and New England Aquarium, respectively. Sea turtle rescue is a collaborative effort, and it is common for organizations to partner together to provide these animals with the best care possible.
Turtle rehab season typically begins in November. Our team treats cold-stunned sea turtles rescued from locations along the East Coast that are commonly suffering from medical issues like pneumonia, dehydration, malnourishment and respiratory illness.
Rescue to Release Series
Series Rescue to Release
Experience the journey of a cold-stunned sea turtle—from their rescue on the beaches of Cape Cod to rehabilitation at the National Aquarium to their eventual release to their ocean home.
Of the 300 animals that have been rescued, rehabilitated and released by National Aquarium Animal Rescue since its inception in 1991, 242 of them have been sea turtles. The majority of these rescues have been Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, a critically endangered species.
Prior to yesterday’s release, 20 sea turtles were returned to the ocean after undergoing treatment at the National Aquarium this year. Three turtles—one green and two Kemp’s ridleys—remain in the care of Animal Rescue.
Keep an eye out for more updates on our remaining animal rescue patients!