Animal Rescue Update: More Releases & A New Seal Facility!

Published March 06, 2015

by Jenn Dittmar, Manager of National Aquarium Animal Rescue

2015 continues to be a very busy year for our Animal Rescue team! 

Not only are we caring for 17 endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, but our team has also been busy finalizing renovations to our Seal Rehabilitation Facility, which we’re happy to announce has reopened after a year of facility upgrades! 

seal rehab pool

The renovation project, made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor, included designing and building new rehab enclosures, installing larger pools, upgrading electrical support and adding in life support (sand filter, chiller, UV disinfection, etc). The new rehab space is evidence of our continued commitment to providing a healthy rehabilitation environment for sick and injured seals along our coast! 

As for 17 cold-stunned sea turtles currently in rehab, we’re excited to announce that 3 more turtles have been medically cleared for release and will soon be returned to the warmer waters off Florida for release. The turtles that have been cleared for release include: Scoffs (#28), Gorgon (#34), and Link Hogthrob (#37).

sea turtle

Our other patients continue to heal well, including Zoots (#45), who has been valiantly battling a chronic eye infection.  Zippity Zap (#35), also continues to heal well after several weeks of being on a cocktail of antibiotics, he is now only on one antibiotic and his appetite is strong. As the biggest turtle currently in rehab, Zippity Zap’s diet is about two to three times more than our patients.

sea turtle exam

Our staff and amazing team of volunteers feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with protected and endangered animals. Giving these animals a second chance at life is all the inspiration we need to continue the early mornings, late nights and occasional snowy drives! We appreciate your continued support and kind words of encouragement.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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