Three rehabilitated Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were sent back out into the ocean on Friday.
The three turtles were all hooked by local recreational fishers this year, and after some rehabilitation time with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, they were released back into the wild.
The three turtles were named with the theme “herbs and spices by the aquarium. They are:
- Curry was hooked by a recreational fisher at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. Curry was in good condition when it arrived, and is ready to get back into the ocean.
- Salt was hooked in the tongue by a recreational fisher at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. Salt appeared in good shape, despite its tongue piercing, which was promptly removed. X-rays revealed an additional hook that was removed under light sedation by Beach Pet Hospital. Salt will be outfitted with a satellite transmitter that can broadcast its location for weeks to months after release. Funding for the satellite transmitter was provided by U. S. Navy Fleet Forces Command, and the transmitter location will be analyzed through a partnership with the Aquarium, U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Command, and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic.
- Hops was hooked in the throat by a recreational fisher at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. The hook was removed under light sedation at Beach Pet Hospital, and Hops is now ready for release.
If you accidentally hook one of our flippered friends, the Stranding Response Team urges you to call the 24-hour hotline 757 385-7575. Bring the turtle up onto the pier or boat using a net; do not attempt to remove the hook yourself or cut the line. If you cut the line, leave 2 feet attached. Keep the turtle contained in a quiet, shaded area until Stranding Response personnel arrive.