In a very rare rescue, The Marine Mammal Center took in an olive ridley sea turtle.
August 10, 2012
Michaelangelo is on the road this morning! After our veterinarians completed a medical check on him yesterday at our hospital, they coordinated with our colleagues at the Aquarium of the Pacific to see if they could provide expert medical care. The staff down there are excited to help Michaelangelo and while we'll miss him here at the Center, we know that he's going to be in good hands with the turtle experts at the medical team at the aquarium.
This morning, veterinarians stabilized him for the journey to southern California and made a cushy seat made of a kiddie pool lined with foam and towels in the back of our rescue truck. He should arrive at the aquarium this afternoon where veterinarians there will continue his rehabilitation. If his rehabilitation goes well, Michaelangelo could be returned to the wild, and hopefully, much warmer waters where he belongs!
August 9, 2012
Olive ridley's are normally seen in warmer water climates, so it was somewhat of a surprise when our rescuers received a call today about this turtle in Richmond Harbor. Michaelangelo, as the turtle was named, weighs nearly 70 lb and is about 3 ft. in diameter. As soon as rescuers scooped him up, they carefully placed him on a towel and began the process of keeping him warm. At the hospital, veterinarians took a look at Michaelangelo and surmised that he was suffering from cold shock and dehydration. He is resting comfortably in a quiet and warm area.
Michaelangelo is slated to be transported early tomorrow morning to a southern California rehabilitation facility with expertise in sea turtle care. The last olive ridley sea turtle we rescued was in 2009 and was named Donatello. She was eventually transferred to Sea World in San Diego for continued care.
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