Photo Re-cap: 100th Animal Rescue Release!

Yesterday was an exciting day for our Animal Rescue team! Together with folks from the the National Marine Life Center, they made their way down to Point Lookout State Park in Scotland, Maryland to release seven sea turtles back into the wild!

While any release is a cause for celebration, yesterday’s event was extra special to our team because it marked their 100th animal released!

national aquarium animal rescue 100th release

Number 100, a green sea turtle named Willard, making his way to the water.

In the last twenty years, our team has cared, rescued, treated and released a variety of species to their natural habitats, including: seals; sea turtles; rough-toothed dolphins; a harbor porpoise; a pygmy sperm whale; and a manatee. Each of these animals has an incredible story, and there is no better triumph than returning a healthy animal to the wild! You can read some of these stories on our website.

Here’s a gallery of photos from yesterday’s release: 

Sea turtles utilize the Chesapeake Bay as a source of food during the summer months. The two Kemp’s ridley’s and the green sea turtle that were released yesterday will likely remain within the Bay for the rest of the summer before migrating south in the fall!

Wish these turtles well in our comments section or on our Facebook page

1 Response to “Photo Re-cap: 100th Animal Rescue Release!”


  1. 1 Judy Dierkes June 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work! Such dedication!

    Judy Dierkes
    MERR Volunteer


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