With more than 150 rescued sea turtles passing through the Animal Care Center, our facility in Quincy is bursting at the seams. Fortunately, we have a great network of partners up and down the East Coast who can help us rehabilitate all these patients. But before any animal is shipped out to its rehabilitation home, it needs one final bout of TLC from our team.
|A Rescue volunteer gently removes a Kemp's ridley sea turtle from its pool in preparation for transport.|
|One last turtle exam before the turtles ship out: A rescue staff and veterinary staff make sure each turtle is healthy enough to travel and administer any medicines or fluids required prior to transport.|
|During large events like this one, turtles are often transported in banana boxes. It's helpful because the boxes come free from local grocery stores, they are roomy enough for the smaller patients that usually strand in large numbers. |
|We weren't kidding about those banana boxes! These of course do not have turtles in them in this photo. At the bottom of the photo you can see our standard gray sea turtle transport boxes. We are nearly out of those at this point!|
|As is the case with this small group of turtles that went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, once stable, many turtles from the Aquarium's Animal Care Center are driven or flown to rehabilitation facilities up and down the East Coast.|
Many thanks to the people and institutions helping out during this extremely busy stretch—from our partners at Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay searching for stranded turtles to our all our rescue partners to generous donors helping to shuttle turtles all over the country to the dozens of volunteers closer to home feeding turtles and doing laundry.