SeaWorld Returns Endangered Turtles to Ocean

A happy ending for these adorable sea turtles, as they were successfully returned to their homes in the Atlantic Ocean.

Fifteen endangered sea turtles have been returned to the ocean at Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, by the SeaWorld Orlando rescue team.

Having been rescued late last year in New England after suffering from cold-stunning, the turtles were then flown to Orlando to receive specialist care and treatment. 

Out of the fifteen animals, ten were Kemp’s ridleys, a critically endangered species. The other five were green sea turtles, classified as endangered. Twenty-nine turtles were transported by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commision (FWC) from New England to SeaWorld Orlando, where the team conducted full examinations to determine the best treatment for each sea turtle patient. Fifteen have now been returned to their ocean homes. 


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Since 1980, in collaboration with government agencies and partner marine life facilities, more than 2,800 sea turtles have been rescued by SeaWorld’s rescue teams. For over 55 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need, including those that are ill, injured, orphaned, or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. More than 36,000 animals have been rescued by the team, which is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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