28th March 2018
The Deep has sent an Aquarist to the USA to help save injured sea turtles. Shoshana is currently on a mission at New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, to help rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of injured and sick sea turtles that get stranded on the shores near the aquarium every year. They are then cared for at the New England Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre before being released back into the wild.
As this time of year is relatively quiet for their team, which has allowed them to teach Shoshana the skills needed to health check the turtles and get them ready for release, so that when the busy winter months arrive and the number of stranded sea turtles increases, Shoshana can return to help with immediate effect.
As winter approaches, sea turtles should make their way south to warmer tropical waters as the waters around Cape Cod Bay becomes too cold.
However, each year some number of turtles do not make the journey in time. Trapped by the hook shape of the bay, the turtles become disoriented. When the water reaches about 10°C by mid-November, the turtles are too cold to eat, drink, or swim, and become “cold-stunned.” Often they are suffering from life-threatening hypothermia, emaciated, dangerously dehydrated, or suffering from injuries.
The Centre makes an invaluable contribution to the health of the turtles and the wider eco-system by taking the stranded turtles from the beach back to their Rescue Centre at the Aquarium, giving them health checks and treating their injuries, beofre releasing them back into the sea so they can continue on their journey.
We are very proud of Shoshana and to be part of such a great mission with the staff at New England Aquarium. We look forward to giving you updates on this fantastic project in the future.