Aardvark's Story

Aardvark, along with several hundred other sea turtles were cold stunned in the New England area in 2020. Cold stunning can cause shock, pneumonia, frostbite, and can lead to death if the sea turtle cannot migrate to warmer water in time. Aardvark was rescued from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and received treatment at the New England Aquarium before being flown to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center to continue her recovery.

Close up of a loggerhead sea turtle laying in a bin.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Age: Juvenile (10-15 yrs)

Location: Cape Cod, MA
Concern: Cold Stunned
Status: Released

Weight: 51.6 kg 113.5 lbs


2021-Jan-26 Tags applied and released in Boca Raton, FL.
2021-Jan-19 Eating well and active. Cleared for release by veterinarian.
2021-Jan-12 Finished course of medications. Beginning to eat.
2021-Jan-05 Not interested in food. Weight remaining stable.
2020-Dec-27 Finished nebulizer treatment. Continuing supportive care.
2020-Dec-13 Transferred to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center by Turtles Fly Too. Began supportive medications and completed diagnostic bloodwork and radiographs. Started on nebulizer treatment to be given daily for lung infection.
2020-Dec-08 Rescued from Cape Cod, MA. Taken to New England Aquarium for initial veterinarian exam and treatments.