Giving thanks

The onset of the busy cold-stun season is always a hectic time.  With 20 turtles arriving at the rehab in the last week we should pause and remember all the work that goes into this endeavor.  N.E.S.T. volunteers give countless hours answering phones, responding to turtles, transporting, and caring for patients.  A few brave souls even head out in kayaks in the cold weather to make sure all of the beaches have been patrolled for chilly turtles.  Aquarium staff and veterinarians work to perform health assessments and provide treatments – and don’t forget that paperwork! State, federal, and private partners provide stranding response and release opportunities.  And to the caring public – THANK YOU for recognizing turtles in distress and calling the N.E.S.T. hotline.  You are the first link in an incredible chain.

Turtle-palooza! Photo by NC Aquariums.

5 Kemp’s ridleys

15 greens

Most are in pretty good shape, but about a third of them need some special care due to anemia or injury.

Cappy released!

Photo by NC Aquariums.

 

We’ve had our first release of the winter season! Capricornus, Cappy for short, was cleared by the vets for release on Monday.  Today the Coast Guard Cutter “Block Island” is taking Cappy and other lucky turtles from Virginia and North Carolina to warmer waters.

 

 

"Block Island" crew loading up sea turtles for release.