Animal Rescue Update: The First Patients of Cold-Stunning Season

It was a busy holiday weekend for our Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams as they triaged 30 sea turtles that stranded on the coast of New England. 

Published November 29, 2017

Thirty Kemp’s ridley sea turtles arrived at the National Aquarium over the weekend, making this group the largest single intake ever completed by our teams. 

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The turtles arrived at the National Aquarium on Sunday afternoon after their initial intake at the New England Aquarium. The new patients are currently being treated for a variety of ailments associated with cold-stunning, including pneumonia and blood chemistry imbalances. 

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National Aquarium staff assessed the turtles upon arrival and began treatment as quickly as possible. Two intake teams took the turtles’ vitals, checked their overall condition and administered any necessary medications. Then, the turtles were shuttled down to our hospital pool, where they participated in a “swim test” to ensure they could safely join the other turtles in the pool area.

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Stay tuned as we continue to provide updates about these turtles! 

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