Watch Five Rescued Turtles Get Reunited With Their Home, The Ocean
Humans weren't the only ones affected by record-setting cold temperatures last winter. In the ocean waters around the American Northeast, animals found themselves in freezing waters that they were unused to, and many of them struggled to survive. Among those animal groups affected by the below-average temperatures were loggerhead turtles. Five of the turtles were found off the coast of Massachusetts, near Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, and they were in bad shape: some had hypothermia, and one had no heartbeat. But thanks to months of care by dedicated workers at the New England Aquarium, all five turtles were recently returned to the ocean—and it was so heartwarming!
"Turtles heal very slowly; they do everything slowly," said Connie Merigo, who helped with the animals' rehabilitation.
With antibiotic therapy and other treatments, like fluids and nutrition, the turtles returned to health over the course of several months. The team at the aquarium decided that they'd go one step further in terms of preparing to help other turtles in future cold winters; they attached satellite trackers to the five turtles' shells, which will help researchers learn about their migration patters to better protect the species in coming years. Eventually, the trackers will detach on their own.
Enjoy the sweet scene from West Dennis, MA, especially the speedster turtle who couldn't wait to get back in the water!
Turtles released back into ocean after rehabilitation