And away they go...

A turtle in a transport box, ready to go.

As mentioned in an earlier blog by our Director Connie Merigo, she and fellow Senior Biologist Kate Sardi packed up a van with Bruce the loggerhead sea turtle and Route the Kemp's ridley sea turtle left the New England Aquarium at 7 pm on April 28. They were joined by six other turtles from the 2008-2009 cold-stun season. One green sea turtle and four Kemp's ridley sea turtles were brought down from the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center at the University of New England in Biddeford Maine. One loggerhead named Godzilla and two Kemp's ridley sea turtles from our 2007-2008 season are also making the journey joining us from the Woods Hole Science Aquarium.

By 4 pm today all the turtles except for Route should be back in the Atlantic Ocean just in time for a fresh seafood dinner!

Route will be continuing rehab at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center before joining the rest of the animals that were released probably some time this summer.



  1. do you know if "Petunia" the green sea turtle that was at UNE was one that was released? My 7 year old daughter and I found her last November and would like to follow her progress.

  2. Thanks for the comment and thanks for discovering Petunia!

    As soon as our rescue team has a chance we'll find out the names of the turtles released yesterday.

    There are still some more to be released as well.

  3. Hi Seaside,
    Yes, Petunia was the green sea turtle that was in the release video! There were only two live greens this year and its fellow buddy Goose is still at the NEAq.
    Thanks for your help. It seems quite awhile ago that these guys were coming in on our beaches.