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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2015-08-05 22:00:00
Release Location: West Dennis Beach, Cape Cod, MA
Last Location: 2016-03-09 22:15:06
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker stranded cold-stunned in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, MA, on 24 November, 2014. He was rescued from the beach by the Mass Audubon Society turtle beach patrol volunteers and then transported to the New England Aquarium rehabilitation facility in Quincy, MA. He was very lethargic, covered with sand and algae. He was also very underweight with sunken plastron, almost half of which was bruised. X-rays also indicated he had pneumonia. During its extensive rehabilitation at the New England Aquarium and a diet of herring and squid, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker nearly doubled its weight and grew over 2 inches!