Good News for Rescued Sea Turtles!

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Last week, we reported that almost 200 Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles from the Cape Cod area had been brought to various facilities in Florida for rescue.

Today, Keys News reported that nine of 30 turtles that were sent to Marathon Turtle Hospital have made a full recovery and will be released this week off North Florida.

The nine turtles were transported from the Marathon Turtle Hospital to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, where they are scheduled to be released later this week, according to Marathon Turtle Hospital Manager Bette Zirkelbach.

Unfortunately, three of the turtles died due to pneumonia-related illnesses last weekend.

We are wishing these nine good luck as they are released!


TAKE ACTION after another orca birth at SeaWorld

Yesterday, SeaWorld posted a video of Kalia giving birth to another Blackfish baby in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego. While the park celebrates, activists cringe.

Kalia is just shy of being 10 years old.  She was not given a choice, but rather she was artificially inseminated last year in order to be a “cash cow” for SeaWorld’s breeding program.  According to scientific studies, orcas in the wild do not produce their first calf until approximately 14-15 years of age.

Kalia’s calf will be the 11th killer whale housed at SeaWorld San Diego, cramped in a very small space.  Behind the Thrills seems “thrilled” at the new birth and proudly state “the calf will not be removed from it’s mother (contrary to popular belief) but will instead be kept with the mother at all times.”  It will be interesting to watch how long these two remain together before one of them is conveniently moved to a different park, perhaps overseas, Their housing together also depends on the mortality of the calf.  We are watching, SeaWorld.

Behind the Thrills goes on to give readers more “Baby whale fun facts”.  My personal favorite is “Calves are born in the water”. And we need killer whales in kept in prison to figure that out???

Please join me in taking action to ask SeaWorld to end their captive breeding program.  This needs to stop NOW!

You can sign (and share) the petition here.

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles rehabbed all over Florida


Last week, the Associated Press reported that 193 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles that stranded near Cape Cod will be shipped to Florida.

These turtles have arrived and are in rehabilitation in seven facilities across Florida.

Valley News reported

The nearly two dozen veterinarians, biologists, drivers and government officials, coordinated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, huddled in the rain waiting. As soon as the plane’s engines shut down, they went to work, counting out turtle numbers as boxes were loaded into vans.

Within 10 minutes, the first van left for a drive to an aquarium in the Keys. In all, seven aquariums from South to North Florida took some of the reptiles for rehabilitation. SeaWorld took 72 of them.

Turtles have also gone to other states recently, including 50 taken to North Carolina, 31 to Georgia, 20 to South Carolina and 14 to Pennsylvania.

The Florida turtles are likely to be released into the Gulf of Mexico, which is probably the survivors’ birth waters. More than 90 percent of nesting occurs along beaches of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

BetaWired reported that the Florida Aquarium in Tampa will be treating 10 of these endangered turtles.

Cristy Barrett, a senior biologist at the Aquarium, says: “The point is to keep the species alive. When you lose that many turtles, you lose a lot of scientific diversity. It’s really important to save every single life that we can.” Now, Barrett and her co-workers are keeping watch over the 10 turtles they have under their care in Tampa, providing them with liquids, keeping them lubricated and tending to their injuries. The turtles will be there for at least another year, in order to ensure their survival.

The Turtle Hospital, a Keys-based facility in Marathon, is caring for 30 of the sea turtle patients according to CBS Miami.

Hospital officials said Wednesday that each cold-stunned turtle had a full physical examination, X-rays, a swimming test and was administered intravenous fluids and Vitamin D. Hospital staff is endeavoring to slowly raise the reptiles’ body temperatures with the goal of releasing them once they are deemed healthy enough to return to the wild.

Some of the turtles have secondary issues including head trauma and pneumonia.

My Panhandle reports that Gulf World Marine Park will be caring for 50 of the turtles.

Three other Florida facilities, including Sarasota’s Mote Marine Aquarium, are caring for the remaining 31 turtles.

Kemp’s Ridley turtles are the smallest species of marine turtle in the world.  They average about 2 ft. and 100 pounds in adulthood.  To learn more, visit the description at NOAA Fisheries.