Animal Rescue Update: February Sea Turtle Release

Yesterday, National Aquarium Animal Rescue released 34 sea turtles on the Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!

Published February 22, 2018

In our second release of 2018, Animal Rescue brought 34 sea turtles to the Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, for release. Out of the 34 turtles released, 13 were rehabilitated at the National Aquarium. The remaining 21 turtles were cared for by other regional rehab facilities including the National Marine Life Center, the New England Aquarium, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium and the Virginia Aquarium.

National Aquarium staff holding rescue sea turtle on beach

The 13 turtles that were in our care are all critically endangered Kemp’s ridley turtles and were nicknamed after breakfast food, our rescue animal naming theme for this year. The names of the turtles that were released yesterday include Cinnamon Roll, Yogurt, Coffee and Huevos Rancheros!

Rescue sea turtle on beach with onlookers

Our 13 rehabilitated sea turtles were being treated for ailments such as mild pneumonia and other medical issues associated with cold-stunning. The remaining rescue turtles in our care are continuing their rehab process until they’re healthy enough for release later this year.  

Stay tuned for more rescue turtle updates!

 
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