In 2000, Calypso the green sea turtle was stranded in the Long Island Sound and rescued by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.
Calypso was found weighing just six pounds, cold-stunned with an infected left front flipper that later had to be amputated to prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of her body. As a result of this amputation, she was deemed non-releasable by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Almost two years after being rescued, and several pounds heavier , Calypso was transported to the National Aquarium. After a few months of getting acclimated behind-the-scenes, she was transported to our old Wings in the Water exhibit.
In 2013, after we closed Wings in the Water, she was the first animal to swim in and acclimate to our newly constructed Blacktip Reef exhibit! Now weighing more than 500 pounds, Calypso reigns as the unofficial queen of the exhibit and is a beloved member of our Aquarium family!
See if you can catch a glimpse of Calypso on our Blacktip Reef live cam!