A project of New England Aquarium.
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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2010-08-18 17:00:00
Release Location: Osterville- Cape Cod, MA
Last Location: 2011-01-20 07:48:33
NMS Rooms 111 & 112
BHMCS Room 249 & 246
Oconomowoc Public Library
Michele and Rick Schultz
Greg and Renea Hirte
6th Grade St. Joseph School Science Students
During the fall of 2009, Kings Canyon, stranded on the shores of Cape Cod along with over 70 other live sea turtles. Kings Canyon was rescued off the beach by a biologist from Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay, our partners in sea turtle rescue and conservation. Upon admittance to the New England Aquarium animal hospital, Kings Canyon was hypothermic and diagnosed with pneumonia. Kings Canyon’s pneumonia was at first difficult to treat, requiring multiple therapies with different antibiotics and antifungals before the infection came under control and the animal started to heal. After several months of therapy, Kings Canyon has grown and is now a healthy, robust turtle that is ready for release. During Kings Canyon’s stay at the New England Aquarium marine animal hospital, the turtle has doubled in weight, going from 2.85 kilograms to 6 kilograms.