What Turtles Are Thankful For

What are you thankful for?  Every year, Thanksgiving reminds us of the things we should be thankful for in our lives.  This got me thinking about the sea turtles at the aquarium.  Here is my opinion on how the cold-stunned turtles at the Animal Care Center might answer that question...

Thankful for a lifeguard. (Above, volunteer Mike supervises several turtles in their kiddie pool swims.)

Thankful for clean towels to rest on and recover (and the dent in laundry done today).  (Above, intern Maggie and volunteer Teresa work hard to keep up with massive amounts of laundry.)

Thankful for being in good hands.  (Fantastic rescue volunteers Alfredo and Maggie restrain the turtles for their treatment.)

Thankful for the many antibiotics and vitamin supplements to get healthy again.  (The above photo shows Katie Pugliares, senior biologist, preparing medications for the day.)

Thankful for a good meal (even if still eating off tongs).  (Volunteer Sarah is about to offer some squid to a turtle in the above photo.)

Thankful for the amazing Animal Health Department and their medical expertise.  (In this photo, biologist Tina Wilkins of the Health Department strikes a pose as she processes blood work.)

Thankful for veterinarians who prescribe the best treatment for recovery.  (The above photo shows fluids being given to a turtle, which is determined by the veterinarian's analysis of blood work and exam.)

Thankful for MassAudubon Wellfleet Bay for working around the clock to find and safely bring in new patients, including 6 Kemp's ridley sea turtles today (see above photo of their arrival).

Thankful for the Animal Rescue Team, the amazing volunteers and staff who spend their time helping an endangered species. (The photo above is the 2012 Thanksgiving Rescue Team.)

And I am thankful to be a part of all of the above and for being able to spend a great Thanksgiving with my family away from home. (Above, some of the volunteers and staff sit down for our 2nd annual Quincy Thanksgiving.)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



  1. What a nice blog, Kerry! Thank you for mentioning all the volunteers. :)
    I'm glad Alfredo finally got to volunteer with Rescue!! Looks like your former intern Mike is also still around. Keep up the good work!

    1. Yeah Mona!!! I'm finally here and you have no idea how much I’m enjoying this experience!!! Thank you so much!!! I hope you are having a great time in SF!!!

  2. And we are thankful for all of you!