2015 Turtles: Video from Turtle Trek Release

We shared some heartwarming still pictures of the sea turtle release in Florida earlier this week. See those pictures here and here. And here's one last look at the peaceful moment when these endangered animals swam off into the sunrise.

This is what it's all about.

Thank you to all the volunteers and hard-working staff on the Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Team, and thanks to all our partners in rescue up and down the East Coast, working to save these amazing species of sea turtle.


2015 Turtles: Turtle trek to Florida (Part 2)

See Part 1 of this turtle trek, preparations for an epic road trip!

While Bostonians were shrugging snow off their shoulders on Monday, the turtle rescue team was curling their toes in Florida sands as their flippered patients shambled toward the ocean. Today marked a milestone in the second largest turtle rescue season on record at the New England Aquarium. With the exception of a few of the sickest patients, the last of our patients from 2015 have returned to the ocean!

Sea turtles head home.
Here are a few scenes from this morning's rescue in Florida.

Turtles in the banana boxes ready for release
A park ranger and Aquarium rescuer release a turtle together. 
And they're off!
This is what it's all about!
After the road trip, Julika prepares to release a turtle.

Ranger Alison Conboy releases a turtle
Kemp's ridley turtles heading down the beach
A hybrid turtle heads towards the water
A Kemp's ridley turtle going home
A Kemp's ridley turtle swims deeper
Swimming off into the sunrise


2015 Turtles: Turtle Trek (Part 1)

On Saturday, members of the Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Team awoke early and prepared more than a dozen turtles for an epic road trip down the East Coast from Quincy, MA, to warmer waters down south. These sea turtles were among the very last patients from our second busiest turtle rescue season. And they were on their way home.

Here are a couple scenes from that early morning send-off.

Volunteers scoop turtles from their rehab pens for their last exams.

Each turtle is given a last dose of fluids and layer
of ointment to keep their skin moist while out of the water.

Then the turtles are nestled into banana boxes for the journey.

Each banana box has a comfy, clean towel lining the bottom.

Turtles lined up and ready to go.

Shipping out!

Precious cargo

Safe travels, little one!