Our sea turtle rescue program always garners a lot of attention in the fall. That’s when lifeless sea turtles wash up on Cape Cod beaches and the frenzied transport, triage, and treatment of cold-stunned turtles begins. But many people may not realize that the effort to save sea turtles happens all year long.
Just this past May, several dedicated members of our rescue and rehab team drove from Quincy, Mass., all the way to Georgia to send a few now-healthy sea turtles back home into the Atlantic Ocean. During this release, 13 endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were released—including one patient who had stranded with joint issues in 2015!
There are still few patients left in treatment at our Animal Care Center. Currently, we have eight turtles left from last year’s stranding season, with more releases coming up this summer. Stay tuned!
Here’s a firsthand look at what it’s like to release one of the rehabilitated turtles back into to the ocean.