Mississippi Aquarium treating cold-stunned sea turtles

Two Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles will undergo treatment at the Mississippi Aquarium.

The two turtles were transferred from the New England Aquarium to the Mississippi Aquarium last Thursday.

They both are still recovering after being cold stunned in December 2020 in the waters off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The aquarium is treating one of the turtles for a bone infection in his shoulder and the other for a bacterial infection in his lungs.

The New England Aquarium needs to save resources for this year’s potential cold stun event and sent the turtles to Gulfport for treatment. Associate Veterinarian Dr. Sean Perry said, “The November to January window in New England ends up stranding a lot of sea turtles. Up to 40 percent can be found dead. Rehabbers in the northeast take the effort and any animal that’s found alive has an 80 to 90 percent chance to survive with human intervention.”

Last year was the second highest year of turtle strandings due to a cold stun event in New England.

Back in June, the Mississippi Aquarium released 25 treated cold stunned sea turtles into the Gulf.

For their two new turtles, it will take between six months to a year before they’re healthy enough to be released back into the wild.

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