Animals | Conservation
September 5, 2013
After being rehabilitated by the Aquarium of the Pacific for several months, an olive Ridley sea turtle was released back into the open ocean by husbandry staff members on September 5. As a permitted institution for helping stranded sea turtles, the Aquarium was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service to provide veterinary care and housing for the rescued animal. The Port of Long Beach and Harbor Breeze Cruises assisted with the release.
Marine Animal Rescue found the sea turtle stranded on Venice Beach in January. It was severely underweight, hypothermic, and had buoyancy problems when it was rescued. Olive Ridley sea turtles are listed as endangered.
The turtle has been fitted with a satellite tag, so its movements can be tracked. Periodic updates will be posted to this page to show the turtle’s whereabouts.
UPDATE: Aquarium staff members stopped receiving data from the sea turtle’s transmitter as of October 16. Either the transmitter ran out of battery life or has fallen off the turtle. In the future, if the turtle is observed nesting on a monitored beach or found deceased, she can be identified by her flipper tags or passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag.