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15 sea turtles rescued off Cape Cod rehab in Florida Keys

Endangered sea turtles arrive in Marathon for treatment

Fifteen Kemp's ridley sea turtles are being rehabilitated at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.
Fifteen Kemp's ridley sea turtles are being rehabilitated at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. (Andy Newman)

MARATHON, Fla. – More than a dozen endangered sea turtles rescued from the cold waters off Massachusetts have arrived in the Florida Keys for rehabilitation.

The 15 Kemp's ridley sea turtles were rescued over the last few weeks from the waters off Cape Cod and initially were treated by New England Aquarium staff. They arrived Monday at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.

Hospital manager Bette Zirkelbach said the turtles will be treated with antibiotics, vitamins and a healthy diet. The turtles also will be kept warm in 75-degree water.

The rehabilitation is expected to take up to two months.

Zirkelbach said Kemp's ridley sea turtles are the most endangered of all turtle species. She said the turtles likely will be released in warmer waters off Florida once they recover.

A group of private pilots donated the turtles' flight to Florida. The turtles arrived in towel-lined banana boxes.


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