Animal Rescue Update: Our First Release of the Season!

Today, National Aquarium Animal Rescue released 18 sea turtles into the Atlantic Ocean at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida! 

Published January 17, 2018

In our first release of 2018, our Animal Rescue team traveled with 19 sea turtles to New Smyrna Beach, Florida! Out of the 18 turtles being released, 13 received care by partner rehab facilities in the region, including the New England Aquarium, the National Marine Life Center and the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Five of the turtles were cared for by our team here at the National Aquarium.

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Of the five turtles cared for by our team, one is a loggerhead and four are Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Each year, we determine a naming theme for our rescue animals and this year, we named our turtles after breakfast food. The nicknames of the five turtles being released today range from Bacon to Sausage to Smoothie to Home Fry!

These five turtles cleared for release were treated for ailments such as cold-stunning and pneumonia, among other medical issues. The turtles were released into the ocean at approximately noon EST today.  

We still have other rescue turtles in our care that will eventually follow these turtles back into the ocean. 

Stay tuned for more updates!

 
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