If turtles could smile… This is Carolina. If turtles could smile, she would be smiling. That’s because she’s home again. Just watch the video, you’ll understand.
“When the turtles first start eating we only feed pieces of food that contain no skeletal structure or what we call No Hard Parts (NHP). The GI of the turtles after being stranded slow to almost a stop and if we feed items that may not easily pass through the digestive system items may become stuck and block food from passing through.” — Rescue Blog
NHP for the GI. That’s how recovering turtles eat.
‘Cassiopeia’ stranded on November 16, 2010 in Sagamore, MA. She weighed 4 pounds when she arrived in Quincy and had a carapace length of 24.7cm. At release, she weighed 14.6 pounds and was 37.8cm long. As you can imagine, this turtle was on a diet too! ‘Cassiopeia’ was probably the most photogenic turtle we had this season. She was in a tank with a window, and she would always come right up to the glass for some camera time… or maybe she was hoping for some food.
Sea Turtle Release 2011
Sean Leach before releasing Luna, one of the rescued sea turtles. Sean and his father Mark Leach, a lobsterman from Harwichport, donated their time and boat to us for the release. Mark has assisted the Aquarium with our leatherback sea turtle research over the past several years and was kind enough to lend a helping hand with this boat release.
Read more about this weekend’s release here.