Animal Rescue Update: February Sea Turtle Release

National Aquarium Animal Rescue released 34 rescue turtles last week at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!

Published February 27, 2019

In our first release of 2019, Animal Rescue transported 34 sea turtles to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Of the sea turtles released, eight were rehabilitated at the National Aquarium. The remaining turtles were cared for by other regional rehabilitation facilities, including the National Marine Life Center and the New England Aquarium.

Turtle release

All eight turtles rehabilitated and released by the Aquarium were critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that were nicknamed after elements of the periodic table, our rescue turtle naming theme for this year. Copper, Potassium and Calcium were among the group that returned to their ocean home last week.

All released rescue turtles were being treated for ailments associated with cold-stunning, including pneumonia, frostbite and eye lesions. They had been undergoing rehabilitation since November.

Turtle release

Animal Rescue is continuing to care for 26 rescue turtle patients—including two loggerheads and two green sea turtles—until they’re healthy enough for release later this year.

Stay tuned for more turtle rescue updates!

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