Mississippi Aquarium takes in Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services chose the Mississippi Aquarium as a recipient of an adult non-releasable Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle.
This new permanent resident was hatched from eggs collected in the wild in 1979 where she spent her life at the Cayman Turtle Centre as part of an experimental breeding program which has since been discontinued.
The aquarium’s turtle is just one of ten remaining of the original hatchling group.
She, along with the other nine turtles, flew to Sea World in Orlando in April where they received care during a 90-day quarantine.
Now, this new shelled guest resides in the Aquatic Wonders habitat at the Mississippi Aquarium for all to see. MS Aquarium President and CEO Kurt Allen said, “It really goes to show the staff’s ability, the incredible work that we do behind the scenes to care for these animals. You know, over the past two years we’ve had over 75 rescued sea turtles be flown down to us for rehab, and so it just shows what kind of capabilities we have and it’s really special.”
As of now, this turtle does not have a name.