Turtle

Saving our oceans one turtle at a time

It was an emergency wildlife mission. A bunch of sick, cold Northeast turtles were stuck in Cape Cod trying to swim south and needed a quick lift to Florida. The Coast Guard heeded the call with a C-130J Hercules based out of Elizabeth City, N.C. The 70-pound Loggerhead and the smaller five to 10-pound Kemp’s Ridley turtles are in various stages of recovery from pneumonia and hypothermia. A record stranding of more than 200 sea turtles off the Northeast coast in early winter exceeded the New England Aquarium’s capacity to house the nearly comatose reptiles. Sensing urgency, the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Stranding Network facilitated a request for the emergency flight.


Top 10 Videos 2011

2011 Video of the Year: Day 4

Our fourth video finalist showcases Coast Guard members releasing eight Kemp’s Ridley and two Loggerhead turtles in conjunction with members of the Moody Garden’s Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration July 14.