Our Experts


Adam Kennedy

Director of Rescue and Rehabilitation
Animal Care, New England Aquarium


BS, Biology, Framingham State University


As the director of the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital, Adam Kennedy oversees one of the busiest sea turtle hospitals in the world. In his tenure at the Aquarium, over 4,500 sea turtles have passed through its doors. This number continues to increase on average by about 400 turtles per year, and that average continues to grow. The majority of these sea turtles are cold-stunned turtles coming out of Cape Cod Bay in the fall and winter, but his team also responds to sea turtles in distress from the Boston area to the border of Maine. These calls include entanglements, entrapments, shell fractures, and other medical conditions. His main focus is to ensure that all animals that pass through the hospital doors receive the best care they can in hopes of returning them all to the ocean.

Adam has been involved in various aspects of research, from pharmacokinetics to telemetry. He also has assisted in multiple publications and has been a presenter for various workshops and conferences. 



Behind the Scenes with Our Animal Care Team

At the Aquarium and in our Animal Care Center in Quincy, our team provides exceptional day-to-day support for the animals in our care, managing their diet, providing enrichment sessions, and much more.