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Benton Wesley

New England Aquarium Sea Turtle Release 2013

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Benton is still deep Long Island Sound. It is not clear if this turtle is foraging in that area or if he hasn't found a way out yet. Given that Nate the Great, another turtle we release with Benton, was also deep in the sound and found his way out, I am encouraged that Benton could do the same. The recent drop in air temperature should send a message to turtles still in the waters of the western north Atlantic (along the northeast coast of the US) to start making their way to warmer waters. Lets hope Benton gets the message and begins moving out of Long Island Sound. Thank you for your interest in endangered sea turtles! - Connie (10/26/13)

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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Juvenile
Gender: Unknown
Release Date: 2013-08-14 12:30:00
Release Location: Martha's Vineyard
Last Location: 2013-11-25 22:39:07

Adoptive Parents:
Ari Cymrot
Ben S.


This endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle stranded in the fall of 2012 during a record breaking cold stun sea turtle stranding event. This turtle named Benton Wesley after a character in the Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, came to the Sea Turtle Hospital at the New England Aquarium measuring only 51.4 degrees. Once this dangerously low core body temperature and serious dehydration were remedied, Benton began to show interest in food. Once eating on his own he grew stronger and more active.

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