On Tuesday, July 20 SeaWorld transported 19 endangered green and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles to the park's rehabilitation facility for health issues directly related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
SeaWorld's Turtle Rescue Team transported 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 examined 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.
SeaWorld is one of the few organizations with the expertise to tend to the special needs of multiple sea turtle species including both greens and Kemp's Ridley.
The park is a global leader in the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles. The park's Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Team is in on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
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