2015 Recap: Animal Rescue

It’s been a busy year for our Animal Rescue team. As 2015 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of this year’s milestones.

Published December 02, 2015

A Season of Sea Turtles

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It was a busy year for National Aquarium Animal Rescue, with an influx of injured turtles in need of care. The team rehabilitated and released 36 endangered sea turtles back into their natural environment!

Cougar Heads Home


One of our longest rehab patients, Cougar, headed home this year! The Kemp's ridley sea turtle arrived at the Aquarium in November 2013, fighting pneumonia, infected shell fractures and a joint infection in his left front flipper.

Cougar received ‘round the clock care from our team. After 21 months of rehab, he received a clean bill of health and was ready to go home. This August, team traveled with Cougar all the way to the warm waters of Florida where he was successfully released.

150th Animal Release

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After a year of facility upgrades, the Aquarium’s Seal Rehabilitation Facility was reopened—just in time to welcome a new patient!

Lily, a juvenile grey seal, was admitted for rehabilitation on Easter, suffering from a broken jaw. Our team worked with Lily and carefully monitored her progress. Luckily, her jaw was able to heal without surgical intervention.

grey seal

On June 9, she was released at Assateague State Park. Hundreds of people joined us to celebrate Lily’s return to the ocean—our team’s 150th animal release!

Our Animal Rescue team is already gearing up for another busy cold-stun season. Stay tuned for updates!

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