VIDEO: 24 Sea Turtles Rescued From New England, Receive Life-Saving Flight To SeaWorld Orlando
By Space Coast Daily // January 9, 2016
conducted full health examinations on turtles
ABOVE VIDEO: The critically debilitated, cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are part of the overwhelming amount of stranded and endangered sea turtles impacted by the region’s oncoming winter weather. (Seaworld video)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The critically 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 courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.
Twenty-four of the world’s most endangered sea turtles were flown from Massachusetts to Florida for life-saving rehabilitation by SeaWorld experts.
The 24 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.
The sea turtles were re-warmed and stabilized by the New England Aquarium at their marine animal hospital in Quincy, Mass. until they were ready for transport.
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.