Baltimore’s National Aquarium rescues 30 cold-stunned sea turtles

The National Aquarium, in Baltimore, Maryland, rescued 30 cold-stunned sea turtles from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in November.

The turtles were stabilized at the New England Aquarium’s Animal Care Center and were then transferred to Baltimore, according to a news release.

Twenty-six Kemp’s ridely and four green sea turtles were examined in Baltimore after suffering symptoms from cold stunning: pneumonia, dehydration, emaciation, shell and skin lesions, eye lesions and blood infections, the news release said.

The aquarium’s Animal Health and Rescue teams said they will monitor the turtles, with the end goal being to return the animals to the wild.

Every year, the aquarium picks a theme for naming the turtle patients — this year, the names are all musical instruments. The green sea turtles are on the horn and brass sections: Tuba, Trombone, Trumpet and Cornet. The Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were named Triangle, Maraca, Kazoo and Viola.

Since 1991, the aquarium’s rescue team has rehabilitated and released 332 animals, including 270 endangered sea turtles. The aquarium rescues stranded marine mammals and sea turtles up to 3,190 miles of Maryland’s coast year round.

Anyone who finds a marine mammal or sea turtle in distress can call the National Aquarium’s Stranding 24/7 Hotline is 410-576-3880.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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