Emu's Story

Emu, 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. Emu 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 Kemp's Ridley sea turtle crawling out of a treatment bin.

 
Species:
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Age: Juvenile (~2-4 yrs)

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

Weight: 3.5 kg 7.7 lbs

Updates

2021-Feb-24 Released at Canaveral National Seashore.
2021-Feb-16 Finished course of medications. Cleared for release by veterinarian.
2021-Feb-02 Eating well and active. Continue supportive care.
2021-Jan-19 Beginning to eat on own. Maintaining a stable weight.
2021-Jan-05 No interest in food. Begin tube feeding.
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.