SeaWorld Rescues 24 Ridley Sea Turtles in New England

Twenty-four of the world’s most endangered sea turtles were flown to Florida from Massachusetts Thursday for life-saving rehabilitation by SeaWorld experts.
The debilitated, cold-stunned turtles are part of the overwhelming amount of stranded and endangered sea turtles impacted by the region’s oncoming winter weather, and were flown to Orlando by the United States Coast Guard. The sea turtles were re-warmed and stabilized by the New England Aquarium.

The juvenile sea turtles flown in on Thursday were originally rescued by the New England Aquarium and volunteers of the Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary at Wellfleet Bay on Cape Cod.  

Sea turtle experts at SeaWorld spent much of the night conducting full health examinations on each turtle to determine health status. The goal is to provide a stable environment for the sea turtles to regain their strength, and ultimately be returned as soon as possible.

This week’s rescue is a repeat of history, as last winter (November 2014) SeaWorld Orlando helped care for 72 cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles rescued in New England under similar circumstances. All of these turtles were cared for by SeaWorld and successfully returned to warmer ocean waters once they were rehabilitated.

On Saturday, January 16, the nationally broadcast Sea Rescue™ will air its 100th original episode featuring the record-breaking turtle cold stunning event in New England from November 2014 to January 2015 that involved hundreds of turtles being flown south for rehabilitation. This special episode showcases the partnership between SeaWorld and other organizations coming together to save these endangered turtles. Shell Shocked, the story of the New England cold stun turtles, airs Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17 on ABC affiliates. Check your local listings. 

For more than 50 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. More than 27,000 animals have been rescued by the expert animal rescue team that is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at (888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.

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  1. Keep up the good work Sea World.

  2. Love you Sea World! You're amazing!

  3. PETA does not sat much about this do they? This needs to make the news more often. Great work Sea World.

  4. Love it when each group is able to provide the service they render best. Sending notes out to NEAQ, The local coastguard station, and SeaWorld, FL for all stepping up to help these wonderful creatures.


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