Mississippi Aquarium releases endangered Kemp’s Ridley turtles

The Mississippi Aquarium released one of its last rehabilitated Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtles this morning.

In late 2020, Fog was rescued by the Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary’s staff and volunteers.

He was hospitalized with pneumonia at New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts.

In October 2021, New England Aquarium staff arranged to have Fog flown to Gulfport through the nonprofit group ‘Turtles fly too.’

Fog was placed under the care of the veterinary team at Mississippi Aquarium where he would continue his rehabilitation.

Now after two years Fog was finally released back into the sea. Veterinary Service and Research Vice President Alexa Delaune said, “We as veterinarians take a really close look at them. X-rays, blood work, send lab work out, and we figure out what kind of treatment they need and what kind of disease processes they have going on. So, after that we prescribe treatments and we give them medications for as long as they need. We do follow up x-rays, follow up blood work until we deem them okay to release.”

Fog was one of more than 65 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles that were rehabilitated and released by Mississippi Aquarium since the aquarium opened in August 2020.

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