Jul 19

SeaWorld to Bring De-Oiled Sea Turtles to Park's Rehabilitation Facility

by Staff

Tomorrow -- Tuesday, July 20 - SeaWorld brings 19 endangered green and Kemp's Ridley to the park's rehabilitation facility for health issues directly related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. You can follow along live, via the SeaWorld_Parks twitter account starting at 7 a.m.

SeaWorld Rescue Team Logo

SeaWorld's Turtle Rescue Team is transporting the turtles from Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Fla. where the animal and veterinarian staff have been working to clean and de-oil the animals.

They are in stable condition but require extensive treatment before their eventual return to the wild. SeaWorld veterinarians will exam the animals upon arrival at SeaWorld's Rescue & Rehabilitation Center.

This is the second wave of oil-impacted turtles SeaWorld has received in the past few weeks. Twelve Kemp's Ridley sea turtles arrived from Gulfport, Mississippi when a facility there needed to make room for oiled animals. SeaWorld aquarists returned five of them to waters off southwest Florida on July 8 and four more have been cleared for release.