By: Tessa, Guest Blogger & Sarah, Guest Blogger
Editor’s note: The following is from Tessa and Sarah, guest bloggers pursuing careers working with marine mammals, dreams inspired by their many trips to SeaWorld.
February 10, 2017
Did you know? There are seven turtles residing in SeaWorld Orlando’s Turtle Trek exhibit.
Did you also know? All seven of these turtles are all rescues.
This group of turtles is made up of two green sea turtles and five loggerheads. Three of these sea turtles were rescued by the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team and the others were rescued by different facilities. All were given a long term home at SeaWorld Orlando after being deemed “non-releasable".
The aim of the SeaWorld Rescue Team is to rehabilitate and return each animal they are called on to assist. When an animal cannot be released, either because it is too young to survive on its own, because it has sustained life threatening injuries, or in the case of the resident sea turtles at SeaWorld Orlando’s Turtle Trek which continued to beach themselves after being returned, it is classified by government officials as “non-releasable” and is placed at a facility like SeaWorld Orlando.
Here is a little more about some of the sea turtles you can see at Turtle Trek.
This is Whitney.
Whitney has been in human care for 40 years and has been a resident at multiple marine facilities. Whitney is one of the oldest sea turtles in Turtle Trek.
Meet Big Mama!
Big Mama, a loggerhead turtle, was rescued during the oil spill event in the Gulf Of Mexico in 2010. She is also missing a significant portion of 3 of her flippers, which SeaWorld animal care experts believe may be the result of a shark attack. Because of her injuries Big Mama was deemed non-releasable by wildlife government officials and was brought to SeaWorld, which would act as her permanent home, in 2013.
Though they may be the first to catch your eye, these seven sea turtles aren’t the only inhabitants of SeaWorld’s Turtle Trek exhibit. While visiting Turtle Trek you will also be able to see more than 1500 saltwater fish - the majority of them being Caribbean fish - including angelfish and butterflyfish!