Endangered sea turtles set for release back into the wild

 

Endangered sea turtles set for release back into the wild
        NOAA Fisheries and The Houston Zoo partner to rehabilitate and release injured turtles

 

On Thursday May 26, NOAA Fisheries and the Houston Zoo will release ten sea turtles at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas. Seven of the turtles are Kemp’s ridleys, the other three tare loggerheads. All but one of the turtles suffered injuries related to fishing interactions. They were caught incidentally and swallowed fishing hooks.  The degree of rehabilitation and length of stay at the NOAA sea turtle facility in Galveston varied, ranging from 1 week to 9 months.

Now, after successful rehabilitation, the turtles are ready to be returned to the wild.  The release will take place Thursday, May 26 promptly at 2pm, Stewart Beach Park, 201 Seawall Blvd. The public is invited to come out and witness this exciting release.

Lyndsey Howell, who rescues sick and injured turtles for NOAA Fisheries Galveston’s sea turtle program and representatives from the Houston Zoo, will be on hand to answer questions after the release.   The Houston Zoo’s Dr. Joe Flanagan is the attending veterinarian for all sea turtles rescued and rehabilitated by the NOAA Galveston Laboratory.

The Kemp’s ridley is the smallest and most endangered sea turtle in the world. For more on the Kemp’s ridley, please visit NOAA Fisheries fact page about the species.

Loggerheads were named for their relatively large heads, which support powerful jaws and enable them to feed on hard-shelled prey, such as whelks and conch. For more on loggerheads, please visit NOAA Fisheries fact page about the species.





NOAA's Heather Seiler takes a turtle home off Stewart Beach in Galveston, TX