Jun 27

SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team Returned Three Sea Turtles to Playalinda Beach, Fla.

This morning, three Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were returned to Playalinda Beach at Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville on Florida’s central east coast, after rehabilitating at SeaWorld Orlando for several months.

After being medically cleared for today’s return, the park’s Animal Rescue Team transported the turtles to Canaveral National Seashore. Prior to their return this morning, the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles measured approximately 11-12 inches long and weighed about 10 pounds.

Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle are extremely rare and have been listed as an endangered species since 1970. A large decline in population of these turtles has been linked to egg harvesting in the 1960’s and, more recently, oil spills along the Gulf of Mexico. Along with being one of the rarest sea turtles in the world, the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is also the smallest marine turtle. An adult usually weighs about 100 lbs. and measures 26-30 inches long.

These three Kemp’s Ridley turtles were part of 36 Kemp’s Ridley turtles that were brought to SeaWorld Orlando on December 23, 2012, by the U.S. Coast Guard. They were rescued just off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., due to symptoms they suffered from cold stress. Below, the sea turtles can be seen arriving at SeaWorld Orlando.

In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the waters. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 22,000 animals in need - ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned - for more than four decades.

So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 45 turtles and returned 35.

If you see injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.

All turtle rescue footage produced by SeaWorld under FWS Permit Number MA7701911.