Breaking in Our New Home

As Adam mentioned in his last post here, the rescue team is extremely excited about our new home. And it appears the turtles are excited too! As we continued to set up and organize in preparation for cold stun season, our first turtle patient decided to help us break in our new set up. The Kemp's ridley sea turtle, appropriately named 'Quincy', arrived last weekend.

Above, 'Quincy' swims in the large tank.

'Quincy' currently remains in critical condition. He (or she) was even on a ventilator for a short period last week. He just started swimming in a large tank for short periods of time. The rescue team is trying to remain hopeful that this turtle will make a full recovery.

The above photo is 'Quincy' during his intake exam.

Three more turtles have arrived in the past week and a half since 'Quincy' first came in. The steady start to turtle season is helping us get accustomed to the new facility and break in our new equipment.

The picture on the left shows #6 and #7, two Kemp's ridleys that arrived in the past two days, in our new Intensive Care Unit. The picture on the right shows them swimming in a kiddy pool in the new Holding Room.

#5 has the small pool all to himself. He better not get used to this because he'll have company pretty soon.

You may remember from last year that we pick a naming theme for each season. We decided to name the first turtle 'Quincy' in honor of our new location, although it is unrelated to the theme that has been decided on. Check back soon to read what our naming theme will be! Any guesses?



Our New Home

You may have been asking yourselves where has the rescue team been?

Have they all disappeared?

Are there any animals?

All good questions. We have been busy moving into our new facility. You can read an update on the facility here.

There has been a lot of action in the rehab area since we last posted about the construction.

Our kitchen is ready. So is our laundry area. You can see some of the donated towels on the rack in the back.

Our clinic is is ready too.

We are going to town on organization. We really love the Rubbermaid Fast Track system. This is not a paid endorsement. But if anyone out there reading this works for Rubbermaid feel free to contact me.

Above you can see the tanks that we moved from Boston. The photo on the right is our large tank the one on the left is the smaller one that was not visible to visitors when we were in the Aquarium.

It's great. All I have to do is turn around in my office chair and I will be able to see turtles looking at me through the window above.

Once we get turtles that is.

So Ulrika... What's in the box?

Stay tuned...