SeaWorld Rescue is pleased to announce the release of 16 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles back into the ocean after months of rehabilitation from exposure to cold water temperatures on February 19th. 15 of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were found and rescued by the Massachusetts Audubon Society off the New England coast and the 16th Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was discovered off the Atlantic Coast.
These sea turtles were diagnosed to be suffering from pneumonia, corneal ulcers, malnutrition, and other effects caused by the cold temperatures. After being stabilized at the New England Aquarium, they were flown down to SeaWorld Orlando to continue treatment until they were ready to be released.
After months of individual care that consisted of antibiotics, fluids, specialized diets, and daily nebulizer treatment, all 16 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were declared ready for release back into the ocean.
The Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are currently the most endangered species of sea turtles due to the population decline resulting from human interference, nest disruption, habitat loss and more.
Currently, the SeaWorld Rescue team, with the help of government agencies and marine life facility partners, have rescued more then 2,000 sea turtles since 1980.
For more information and to see the SeaWorld Rescue team hard at work rehabilitating rescue animals, visit SeaWorld Orlando with tickets from Best of Orlando.