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Animal Rescue Update: Sea Turtles

Our Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams continue to care for 28 turtles in our rehabilitation facility!

Published February 06, 2018

Two of our rescue sea turtles, nicknamed Biscuit and Granola, were rescued in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in November 2017. Both turtles originally arrived at the New England Aquarium before being sent to the National Aquarium for long-term rehabilitation.

Staff inspecting a rescued Kemp's ridley sea turtle

Upon arrival, Biscuit had eye infections as well as severe scabbing and inflammation affecting both of his eyes. Granola had mild pneumonia, an elevated white blood cell count and several parallel lacerations on his shell.

Staff holding a rescued Kemp's ridley sea turtle

To treat Biscuit, our Animal Health staff prescribed eye drops, which were administered several times a day for six weeks. Since Biscuit couldn’t see his food, our teams fed him with tongs to ensure he maintained a healthy diet! Biscuit also paid a visit to Johns Hopkins for a CT scan in late December, which helped our Animal Health team better visualize any eye or intestinal ailments. We are happy to report that both of Biscuit’s eyes have healed and he has rejoined the group of turtles in the main rehab pool!

Rescued Kemp's ridley sea turtle swimming

Granola is still being treated by our Animal Health team. At 9 pounds, Granola is the largest Kemp’s ridley sea turtle currently in rehab, but is also the most timid. To help, Granola is sharing a pool with two other rescue turtles, nicknamed Cereal and Sticky Bun! 

Stay tuned for more rescue turtle updates!


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