Today SeaWorld Orlando is receiving nine endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that have been impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The turtles will arrive at Orlando Executive Airport and then transported to the park's Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. And guess what -- we'll be live tweeting and blogging the entire process.
Here's your chance to be virtually right alongside SeaWorld's animal care experts as they receive the turtles at the airport and take them in for care.
(Photo: Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle being returned by SeaWorld Animal Care team earlier this year)
The turtles have been receiving care at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport, Miss. for injuries related to fishing lines and hooks. The animals are coming to Florida so the IMMA can make room for animals in need of treatment due to the oil spill. They are in stable condition and SeaWorld's goal is to eventually release them back into the wild.
Stay tuned here and on Twitter at @SeaWorld_Parks to get the up-to-the-second real time updates on this animal rescue effort.
12:41: Today, we are receiving nine endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that have been impacted by the Gulf oil spill.
12:49: We're on our way to Orlando Executive Airport to pick up the turtles.
12:55: The turtles have been receiving care at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport, MS.
1:18: SeaWorld is one of the few organizations with the expertise to tend to the special needs of the Kemp's Ridley
1:27: Track the flight progress live here: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N502AT/history/20100625/1540Z/KGPT/KORL
1:30: The turtles will be arriving here @2:03
Animal Fact: The Kemp's Ridley sea turtles are solitary animals and do not interact with each other and other turtle species.
1:55: The flight to Orlando was made possible by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
2:04: They are here!
2:13: Gary Violetta curator of fishes at SeaWorld is inspecting one of the turtles
2:16: The 9 turtles have been loaded into the truck. We are now headed back to SeaWorld's rescue and rehab center.
2:49: We're on our way back to SeaWorld's Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
3:05: We arrived at the park. The aquarists set up a special triage area for these new patients.
3:12: Dr. Lara Croft is giving a health assessment on each turtle
3:19: Each turtle will be carefully monitored from now through their release
3:26: Gary Violetta giving a health assessment
3:42: Dr. Croft is looking for any obstructions with this last turtle
Make sure to keep coming back to stay up to date on the progress of these Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. And for the video of the Kemp's Ridley's journey visit the post: Video: SeaWorld Cares For Turtles Displaced by the Gulf Oil Spill