BOSTON – A 44-pound endangered loggerhead sea turtle was released back into the waters off Cape Cod after spending months being rehabilitated at the New England Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts.
The turtle, named Adobo, won’t be alone, however. He was equipped with an external satellite tag and an internal acoustic tag allowing aquarium staff to track and monitor his movements.
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Adobo was among the hundreds of sea turtles rescued from the cold waters off Cape Cod that became stunned due to the cold temperatures.
The New England Aquarium worked closely with the Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the National Marine Life Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service and Turtles Fly Too to save the turtles and transfer many to partner organizations to continue their rehabilitation.
The New England Aquarium has been working to rescue cold-stunned sea turtles for more than 30 years.
The staff treats the turtles for various life-threatening conditions, including hypothermia, pneumonia and bone fractures, according to the aquarium.
Depending on the severity of illnesses, sea turtles can require weeks or months of treatment before they can be safely returned to the ocean.
Endangered loggerhead sea turtles can live up to 80 years, grow to up to 49 inches long and weigh up to 375 pounds, according to the aquarium.
The turtles migrate to coastal waters around the world, mostly in the United States, the Bahamas, Cuba and Mexico.
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