Remaining Kemp’s ridley Sea Turtles were released on Wednesday by Texas State Aquarium

Sea turtles came from New England back in early December 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas State Aquarium released the remaining Kemp’s ridley sea turtles on Wednesday, April 14. These sea animals came to the Aquarium from New England back in early December 2020.

Turtles Fly Too transported 120 sea turtles, including the ones released on Wednesday, to the Aquarium. They were found on the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and suffered from hypothermia and other related health issues.

While staying at the Texas State Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue Center for months of care and treatment, these Kemp’s ridleys fully recovered from the cold-stunning ad related health problems. Expert medical care, including exams, bloodwork, x-rays and antibiotic treatments, was provided by the Aquarium’s animal care team. They provided around-the-clock nourishment for the animals. The veterinary staff announced this week that the turtles were ready to be released back into the wild.

Exhaustive efforts and coordination were a couple of recovery tactics needed for the sea turtles by numerous Aquarium departments. Optimal water conditions in the tanks were maintained by the Aquarium’s Water Quality Team, and the Aquarium’s Wildlife Care Specialists maintained an update on viral statistics for each turtle, including weekly weigh-ins and measurements and prepared special diets to maintain a healthy nutrition. Feeding the New England sea turtles took a labor-intensive operation twice a day, every day. The staff and volunteers made sure the turtles ate their food, while also ensuring they consumed the nutritional supplements provided to them. Daily observations were performed to discover any health issues and verify the turtles were alert, responsive and swimming and diving normally.

“This release is the result of many months of hard work and dedication by our staff and volunteers to give these rescued animals another chance at life, to reproduce, and to swim in the warm waters of the Gulf,” said Texas State Aquarium Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jesse Gilbert. “When this opportunity presented itself, our Wildlife Rescue Team jumped at the opportunity to assist our partners at NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the recovery of this vulnerable species, and they were thrilled to finally see these animals swim off into the Gulf and continue on their journey in life.”

The Aquarium also extended its gratitude to all the organizations and people who helped with the rescue and rehabilitation efforts. They shared a special thanks to Dr. Tim Tristan with the Texas Sealife Center for assisting with the treatment of several of these sea turtles.

The sea turtle release marks another great success for the Texas State Aquarium, its dedicated staff, its members, its volunteers and its many partners throughout the region and the world. The Texas State Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue Center, with the help of others, has rescued, cared back to health and released approximately 1,000 sea turtles into the wild, since the start of 2021.