SeaWorld Orlando recently returned nine endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles out of a group of 24 that were originally rescued in Massachusetts and flown to Florida in January for life-saving rehabilitation by SeaWorld experts. The turtles were released in the warm Florida waters in Little Talbot Island State Park.
The remaining Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are continuing rehabilitation and gaining strength in order to be returned in the coming weeks.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are extremely rare and have been listed as an endangered species since 1970. Some of the causes of their decline in population include human interference through pollution and shrimp netting.
If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 888-404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.