After another sea turtle trek from the Animal Care Center in Quincy, Mass., the rescue team released a few more sea turtles from last year's stranding season. All together, four loggerhead sea turtles and five Kemp's ridley sea turtles scrapped their way down the beach on Assateague Island in Maryland and finally swam home in the Atlantic Ocean.
We are grateful to the Assateague Island State Park rangers and several volunteers from the National Aquarium for their help during the release. We also had a huge crowd of more than 360 excited onlookers! It was a beautiful release with lots of excitement, such a thrill to see so many people cheering the survival of a few more of these endangered ocean animals.
Here are a couple snapshots from the event.
|Lining up the turtles before the release|
|Curious and enthusiastic turtle fans|
|Spectators got a close look at the turtles before they were placed on the sand|
|And they're off ...|
Did you know you can learn more about turtle rescue and releases at the Aquarium on Central Wharf? Check out the Sea Turtle Hospital exhibit and try your hand at diagnosing and feeding replica sea turtle patients.