Aquarium Rehabs & Releases Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

posted: 05/14/15
by: Danny Clemens
SC Aquarium Releases Turtles
South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium released five rehabilitated endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday through its Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

The turtles were originally recovered in November 2014; an unexpected cold front caused a massive stranding event in Massachusetts that left more than 1,000 sea turtles suffering from severe hypothermia.

After private citizens paid to have the turtles flown to South Carolina, the aquarium nursed the turtles back to health with a six-month regimen of with antibiotics, fluids and vitamin injections. After being given a clean bill of health, the turtles were released Thursday afternoon off of the coast of Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

SC Sea turtle release
South Carolina Aquarium

To date, the Sea Turtle Rescue Program rehabilitated more than 160 threatened and endangered sea turtles.

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