SeaWorld Orlando will rehabilitate three more endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles from the Gulf of Mexico as facilities in the area continue to clear room for animals in need of treatment due to the oil spill.
The turtle trio arrived on July 15 and had been receiving care at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss. for injuries caused by fishing hooks. They are in stable condition and the goal is to eventually release them back into the wild after further treatment from veterinarians at SeaWorld's Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
SeaWorld is one of the few organizations with the expertise to tend to the special needs of Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. They are solitary animals and do not interact with each other and other turtle species.
Nine turtles came from the same facility on June 25. Park aquarists released five of the nine turtles that arrived from the IMMS while the remaining four are receiving further care.
The flight to Orlando was made possible by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
SeaWorld is a global leader in the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles. The park's Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Team in on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.