We’re Ready to Release Our 100th Animal!

Animal Rescue Update

The 2012 cold-stun season for sea turtles in New England broke records. National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue team helped out our colleagues at the New England Aquarium by admitting 13 sea turtles for rehabilitation last December. We transported several turtles to Florida for long-term rehab and release in January, and several more for release to Florida in April.

We currently have four remaining turtles in our rehab center: two Kemp’s Ridleys (Duckie and Bender), a green (Willard), and a loggerhead (Rooney). We are very excited to announce that three of the four turtles are ready for release!

Any release is a cause for celebration, but this release is extra special, as we’ll be celebrating the release of our 100th animal! Actually, Duckie, Bender and Willard will represent our 100, 101 and 102 animals released! Since 1991, National Aquarium Animal Rescue has been responding to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles found along the Delmarva Peninsula (which encompasses Delaware, Maryland and Virginia).

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.

We’re excited to announce that our 100th release will be open to the public. Find out more details below:

National Aquarium 100th Rescue Animal Release

When: 
Saturday, June 22
4:00 pm EST

Where:
Point Lookout State Park in Scotland, MD
The release will occur at the Swimming Beach
Normal park entrance fees will apply

What: 
Join our National Aquarium Animal Rescue team as we release three turtles: two Kemp’s Ridley’s (Duckie and Bender) and a green (Willard).

Staff from the National Marine Life Center will also be on-site to release four rehabilitated sea turtles!

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 we will release this Saturday will likely remain within the Bay for the rest of the summer before migrating south in the fall. The loggerhead will remain in rehabilitation for long-term treatment of a chronic medical issue and will be released at a later date.

We hope you can join us to say farewell to Duckie, Bender, and Willard!

If you’re not able to join us on the beach, be sure to follow me on Twitter  for live updates, and leave your well-wishes for the trio in the comments below.

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12 Responses to “We’re Ready to Release Our 100th Animal!”


  1. 1 Christy Bright June 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve had the pleasure of seeing at release previously at Point Lookout and it was amazing! Such a great site for these wonderful animals! I hope they are going to have tracking systems on them so we can follow their movements in the Bay and surrounding tributaries again this year!

  2. 3 Gloria Clifford June 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    As a sea turtle and coral reef artist, I am very thrilled to read about how the National and Baltimore Aquariums help to save the lives of sea turtles and other ocean species. I know that the work you are doing will impact not only the animals whose lives you save, but also through education and viewing these animals within the aquarium, many people who may never have opportunity to see these amazing animals within the wild, will learn more about ocean animals. By learning more about ocean species, people will want to save them because learning about a certain animal is how we humans connect with them. Thank all of you at the Aquarium so much for doing your part, because we all must work together in order to save these amazing ocean animals.

    • 4 National Aquarium June 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Gloria!

      We’re so grateful to our community for helping us live our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. When it comes to the protection of our blue planet and the animals that call it home, no victory is too small to celebrate!

  3. 6 Nick June 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Is there any opportunities for volunteers with the rescues and rehabilitations? We have three boys who are interested in a career with animals. Two are currently volunteers at a zoo.. My wife and I also love animals and have rescued many domestic and wild animals.


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