Impala's Story

Impala, 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. Impala 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 laying on a treatment table.

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

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

Weight: 3.5 kg 7.7 lbs


2021-Mar-10 Released at Canaveral National Seashore.
2021-Mar-08 Cleared for release by veterinarian.
2021-Mar-05 Active and eating well.
2021-Feb-13 Beginning to eat some with tong feeding.
2021-Feb-02 No interest in food. Continue tube feeding.
2021-Jan-19 Continue tube feeding. Weight is remaining stable.
2021-Jan-05 Eating well and active.
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.