Oct 02

Turtle hatchlings get extra care

by Staff

Although the 2009 hurricane season seems to be fairly quiet, it provided excitement for a group of loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings rescued by our experts at SeaWorld Orlando.

This past August, Hurricane Bill spared Florida but the huge storm's affects were still felt by some of the states' smallest residents. Three loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings were under the care of SeaWorld aquarists after rough seas prevented the trio from making their trek into the waters off the Cape Canaveral National Seashore.

Wildlife officials transported the reptilian refugees to SeaWorld's Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, August 19. The three-inch-long hatchlings are in good health as SeaWorld animal staff members provide daily feedings while monitoring their size and weight.

As the seas calmed, SeaWorld's team took the little loggerheads out to sea and released them among the Sargasso, giving the little guys extra cover.

Every year hatchlings face many “human” obstacles during their journey from their nest on the beach to the shoreline. Artificial lighting, noise and beach activity can confuse causing them to head away from the ocean and toward parking lots and city streets. SeaWorld is a global leader in the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles. The park's Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Team in on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. In 2008, they performed 27 sea turtle rescues and 19 sea turtle releases.

See more at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSHgddxkd3E.