Texas State Aquarium Releases Remaining New England Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles
April 15, 2021
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, the Texas State Aquarium released the last group of cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that came to us from New England back in early December 2020.
These sea turtles were part of 120 sea turtles transported to the Aquarium by Turtles Fly Too. These sea turtles were found on the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They suffered from hypothermia and other related health complications.
These Kemp’s ridleys fully recovered from the cold-stunning and related health complications following months of care and treatment at the Texas State Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue Center. The Aquarium’s veterinary team provided expert medical care, including physical exams, bloodwork, x-rays, and antibiotic treatments. The Aquarium’s animal care team provided around-the-clock husbandry. This week, the veterinary staff announced the turtles were ready to be released back into the wild.
The rehabilitation of these Kemp’s ridley sea turtles required exhaustive efforts and coordination by numerous Aquarium departments. The Aquarium’s Water Quality Team maintained optimal water conditions in the tanks. The Aquarium’s Wildlife Care Specialists constantly updated vital statistics for each turtle, including weekly weigh-ins and measurements, and prepared special diets to ensure optimal nutrition. Feeding our New England guests was a labor-intensive operation that took place twice a day, every day. Our staff and volunteers ensured the turtles consumed, not only all their food, but the nutritional supplements they were provided. They also performed daily observations to identify any health issues and verify that the turtles were alert, responsive, and swimming and diving normally.