Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital admitted nine endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles and one threatened green sea turtle Friday — helping with a team effort to rehabilitate 46 cold-stunned turtles initially brought to the New England Aquarium (NEAQ) in Quincy, Massachusetts. The turtles traveled Friday, Dec. 8 by private jet from NEAQ to four Florida facilities: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida Aquarium and Sea World Orlando.
Mote's hospital staff have been evaluating the condition of these turtles, which have been in NEAQ's care for nearly a month.
Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital provides state-of-the-art critical care and chronic care for several species of stranded sea turtles. The primary mission of the hospital is to rehabilitate these animals and return them to the wild, at the same time gaining information that will expand knowledge of the biology, disease processes, and veterinary care of these animals.
Did you know?
Mote's Stranding Investigations Program and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital have responded to more than 1,400 sea turtle strandings. Since 2010, Mote has received an average of more than 600 calls per year and responded to and recovered a total of 620 stranded sea turtles.
Learn more about the Kemp's ridley sea turtle, the world's smallest sea turtle species.
Learn more about the green sea turtle.