SeaWorld returned three endangered sea turtles - a Kemp's Ridley and two greens - back to nature after a successful recovery stay at the park's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center. All three turtles were rescued during this winter's “cold-stunned” event when more than 300 hundred chilled turtles wound up at SeaWorld due to the unexpectedly cold and extended winter in the southeastern United States. SeaWorld has released more than 230 of the reptilian refugees back into Florida waters.
The Kemp's Ridley was released into the waters of Playalinda Beach, FL while the two greens were returned to the Mosquito Lagoon where they were initially rescued. Park aquarists released them in different locations to give them the opportunity to re-acclimate quickly to their natural habitats.
The Kemp's Ridley was rescued off the North Carolina coast in January. The animal's selective eating habits and inability to co-habitat with other turtle species made its trek to Orlando imperative for its survival. SeaWorld, a global leader in turtle rescue, is well-equipped and has the expertise to tend to this special patient's particular needs.
SeaWorld aquarist, Dan Conklin, sends a endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle into the waters of Playinda Beach, FL.
An endangered green sea turtled is returned to the Mosquito Lagoon thanks to SeaWorld aquarists Kelly Ciepcielinski, left, and Kate Grimaldi.