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National Aquarium Releases Rescued Turtles to Ocean

After Successful Rehabilitation, Two Kemp's Ridley and Two Loggerheads Return to Their Ocean Habitat


The National Aquarium's Animal Rescue team released a group of four sea turtles, two Kemp's ridleys and two loggerheads, at Assateague State Park after their successful rehabilitation.

The two Kemp's ridley turtles came to the National Aquarium after stranding as cold-stunned turtles on the Massachusetts' coast and have been in rehabilitation since November 2018. In addition, the two loggerheads, nicknamed Iron and Gallium, in keeping with this season's periodic elements naming theme for sea turtles, were rescued from the shores of Cape Cod in December 2018. Both were in the care of the New England Aquarium before arriving here in Charm City for rehabilitation.

The National Aquarium also released two Kemp's ridley turtles that were rehabilitated at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

National Aquarium's Animal Rescue program is responsible for responding to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles along the nearly 3,190 miles of Maryland coast and works with stranding partners through the GARS Network to help respond, rescue and release animals year-round.

To download high-res photos from today's rescued sea turtle release, please click HERE. Password: media

For video footage of the release, please click HERE. All photos can be attributed to "Courtesy of the National Aquarium."

Animals, Rescues