Cold Stunning and Barnacles Are No Match for the SeaWorld Rescue Team


March 3, 2017

There’s no place like home! Especially for this group of recently rescue and rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtles.

After several months of specialized care at the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Center, four loggerhead sea turtles were safely returned to Florida waters at Canaveral National Seashore. Thanks to the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Care and Rescue Teams and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), these turtles now have a second chance at life.

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Three of the four returned loggerheads arrived at SeaWorld Orlando, transported from the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, last December after they were found stranded and cold-stunned along the coast of New England. The fourth arrived last May from the Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine where he was found incredibly emaciated, lethargic, and covered in barnacles.

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Today all four loggerheads make their triumphant return to the waters they call home, and we couldn’t be happier to see them go.

SeaWorld has a lasting legacy of successful rehabilitations with Loggerhead sea turtles and this is just another example of SeaWorld’s commitment to the conservation of sea life. If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 888-404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.


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