The Official Ticket Center ~ Today, three sea turtles were released back into the wild after being rescued and rehabilitated by SeaWorld Orlando. Three Kemps Riley sea turtles were brought to SeaWorld Orlando’s care facility back in December of 2012 after being rescued off of the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts by the United States Coast Guard. The Kemps Ridley turtles were all suffering from stress and some with pneumonia brought on by the cold winter weather.
The turtles were each brought back to health and released at Canaveral National Seashore today be SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team along with a few lucky bystanders. Prior to their return, the turtles were weighed and measured: the Kemps Ridley sea turtles measured approximately 12 to 15 inches in length and weighed about 10 to 15 pounds.
These turtles now bring the total that the park has rehabilitated and released up to 34 this year with another 5 still in rehab. None of the turtles currently in rehab though are see by park guests, the entire rehabilitation center is located backstage at SeaWorld Orlando theme park with fully separate facilities for the injured animals. Over the past four decades SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue has helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 22,000 animals in need.
We were at the beach the day they released some turtles. I don’t know if this was the one you are writing about here, but on our last vacation, we saw SeaWorld rescue, release 3 turtles. It was amazing to see those little guys take off back to the ocean after a little rest and rehabilitation.