In addition to the sheer volume of sea turtles, we're also coping with an unusually high number of hefty loggerhead sea turtles. We usually see maybe a half-dozen loggerheads in a year. This year we've already seen almost five times that many. These turtles take up more space than their smaller cousins, and many have been transported to other rehabilitation facilities once they're healthy enough to travel so we can make room for the turtles that seem to be arriving every day.
So far, we've seen 26 loggerhead, 13 green and well over 100 Kemp's ridley sea turtles. The Aquarium has treated around one thousand critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles since the Marine Animal Rescue Team started treating turtles. There are an estimated 10 thousand adult Kemp's ridley turtles in the wild today.
We could not work to save these endangered sea turtles without the help of volunteers, donors and our rescue partners—especially our friends at the Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary at Wellfleet Bay. Mass. Audubon organizes fleets of volunteers to walk the beaches at all hours of the night and day looking for sea turtles. It's a race against time to find these turtles, and then there's the long road to recovery.
And here's why we're doing it.
Needless to say, we're incredibly busy. There's a lot of exciting stuff to share and we'll get it on the blogs just as soon as we can. Lots more thank yous and pictures and videos and stories of sea turtle heroics to come. Stay tuned!
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