Published April 3, 2013
National Aquarium , National Aquarium Animal Rescue , News , Turtles
Tags: #seaturtletrek, endangered species rehabilitation, marine animal rescue program, marine animal resuce, national marine life center, new england aquarium, riverhead foundation for marine research and preservation, sea turtle release, sea turtles, university of new england, virginia aquarium
This Saturday, our Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) team will join New England Aquarium, Virginia Aquarium, University of New England, National Marine Life Center and the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation in releasing close to 50 rescue turtles off the coast of Florida.
During this historic season of cold-stun cases in the Northeast, all of our organizations have been working diligently to rehabilitate more than 100 of these endangered animals. We’re happy to report that our collective efforts have resulted in the upcoming release of approximately half of our current sea turtle patients!
Because the water temperature in our area is still far too cold for these turtles, our MARP team and staff from New England Aquarium will be making the joint trek down the coast to a warmed location in northern Florida to make the release!
We’re inviting YOU to follow the Sea Turtle Trek as our team makes this 1,200 mile journey along the East Coast! We’ll be providing updates here on our blog and on Twitter (to follow Twitter updates from both of our teams, use the hastag #seaturtletrek)!
Meet our turtles!
We have three sea turtles here at National Aquarium that will be released this weekend – Chet, Biff and Two-Bit! The theme this year for naming our patients was the “Brat Pack,” so staff gathered names from some of their favorite 80’s movies that best fit the personalities of our patients.
Two-bit, a loggerhead.
Biff, a green sea turtle.
Chet, a Kemp’s ridley.
Stay tuned for more #SeaTurtleTrek updates!
Every Sea Turtle Counts. After a year-long rehabilitation, the National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) has returned a now-healthy loggerhead sea turtle to its ocean habitat! Over 500 people gathered on the beach at Assateague State Park for the release and watched in anticipation as the turtle swam through the waves, and returned to sea! Here is the video:
As you have just heard, to the National Aquarium, investing time and resources to healing one individual sea turtle is important because there are only seven living species of sea turtles globally, and all of them are either endangered or threatened. When this loggerhead came to us it was unlikely to survive much less continue to propagate its species. Now that it is healthy, we have every reason to believe that it will be successful in its natural environment.
Click here to track the turtle’s travels online! The Aquarium fitted it with a satellite tag, funded by the Shared Earth Foundation, which is transmitting information about its location and speed. As of yesterday the turtle has traveled 46 miles and is heading south to warmer waters!
The Aquarium is committed to protecting and rehabilitating sea turtles and needs public support to continue this important work. The MARP program is funded solely by grants and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of just one marine animal can cost the program up to $50,000. Donations can be made via mail or on the Aquarium’s website at http://www.aqua.org/makeadifference/marp.html.