This morning, our SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team returned 17 juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to Canaveral National Seashore. This is the largest turtle return we've had since 2010 when our team returned 30 turtles back to the ocean, all of which were rescued from a massive oil spill near the Gulf of Mexico.
These sea turtles were part of the 72 juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles rescued during a mass cold stranding near the Massachusetts coast in 2014. They were transferred from the New England Aquarium to SeaWorld Orlando by the U.S. Coast Guard for rehabilitation.
Following today’s return, 40 of the 72 rescued turtles have been returned after completing rehabilitation under the expert care of our skilled Aquarium Team and veterinarians. Our team is still caring for a remainder of the turtles as they regain their strength with the goal of returning them as soon as possible.
This year alone, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 24 sea turtles and returned 43 back to the ocean.
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