SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Returns 11 Sea Turtles To Florida Waters
SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue team returning Kemp's Ridley sea turtles to the Florida waters at Canaveral National Seashore
Juvenile loggerhead plunging into the waters
The SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue team returned 10 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and 1 juvenile loggerhead sea turtle to the Florida waters at Canaveral National Seashore.
Of the group, 10 sea turtles were among the 72 Kemp’s Ridleys that were rescued in November 2014 during extreme weather conditions off the Massachusetts coast. The majority of the turtles suffered from pneumonia and were treated with antibiotics and fluid therapy. Ranging from 2 to 5 pounds at the time of rescue, the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles weight ranged from 4 to 6.5 pounds after rehabilitation.
The other sea turtle returned to the waters was a juvenile loggerhead that was rescued in September 2014 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) from Port Canaveral. The turtle was buoyant, unable to submerge underwater, underweight, had a small injury on its head and barnacles on its soft tissue. Throughout its rehabilitation the sea turtle received antibiotics, fluid therapy and medication to help alleviate air buildup in the shell.
So far this year SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 9 sea turtles and returned 13 back to the ocean.