Coast Guard gives endangered sea turtles lift home

Kemp's Ridley turtle

Volunteers from the New England Aquarium give fluids to an endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle to keep him hydrated for transport from Massachusetts to Florida. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Connie Terrell.

This past weekend, 20 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles got a lift home with the help of a dedicated team of scientists and Coast Guardsmen.

“After a few months of record sea turtle strandings in Massachusetts and countless hours caring for these animals, we were rescued yesterday by the United States Coast Guard. After a special request for help, the U.S. Coast Guard agreed to help in this unprecedented stranding event.” – Connie Merigo, New England Aquarium

Sea turtles transport

Petty officers Stephen Perusin (left) and Andrew Anderson, from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., secure 20 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles for a flight from Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln, Mass., to Orlando, Fla. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Connie Terrell.

The New England Aquarium and its dedicated volunteers have spent the past few weeks rehabilitating the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. After meticulous treatment and therapy from the volunteers, they were ready to be transported to their new home at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., with a little help from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile.

Head over to the aquarium’s blog to read about the details of the entire day’s events including the work leading up to the flight home and some great photographs of everyone who collaborated to make the day successful.

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