Three-Year-Old Boy Rescues Rare Sea Turtle

This video from the USA is called Saving the Kemp’s Ridley Sea TurtleTexas Parks and Wildlife.

From Turtle Journal in the USA (with photos there):

Three-Year-Old Boy Rescues Endangered Sea Turtle

Three-year-old hero Teague Whalley saved one of the most endangered sea turtles in the world from certain death on Monday, November 29th.

Teague proves the rule that you’re never too young to begin saving the world, one turtle at a time. Turtle Journal salutes Teague and his mother Karen Whalley for their successful efforts to save this badly injured, and cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.

Late Monday morning, Karen Whalley and her son Teague walked Sagamore Beach on a beautiful sunny day. The seas were calm and the winds gentle. The tide had receded, allowing Karen and Teague to explore the shoreline. As they approached a rock groin (the distant one pictured above), Teague and his mom found a “beautiful” sea turtle unlike anything they had ever seen on the beach before. Not knowing what to do, they returned to their nearby home and searched the internet to find a Cape Cod sea turtle rescuer to call. Unsurprisingly, Google search produced the hotline number for Turtle Journal (508-274-5108). They also found the procedures for saving a stranded sea turtle.

After calling Turtle Journal, Karen and Teague rushed back to the beach. The tide was rising quickly, and they had to plunge into the water to rescue the turtle before it was dragged out to sea and condemned to certain death. As they lifted the turtle to the beach, it began to move its flippers, signaling that it was quite alive. Karen and Teague covered the sea turtle with dry seaweed to prevent hypothermia while they waited for the Turtle Journal rescue team to arrive.

While Turtle Journal’s Sue Wieber Nourse documented the rescue with photographs, Don Lewis examined this juvenile, 2-year-old Kemp’s ridley. Its right eye had been damaged either by scraping against the rocks as it was driven ashore or by predatory gulls. But this little critter proved a survivor and demonstrated its fight for life by trying to “swim” out of my arms.

It was late in the afternoon, but we knew that this animal would not survive the night unless it received immediate medical attention. We called the New England Aquarium marine rescue hotline and explained the situation. While they are swamped with nearly a hundred cold-stunned turtles already, and rarely accept new animals this late in the day, they generously agreed to accept this Kemp’s ridley. Sue Wieber Nourse and I raced up Route 3 to the new marine rescue facility in Quincy, and the turtle was admitted to the emergency facility by 4:15.

The world’s most endangered sea turtle had a rough time in the Gulf & they’re already having a rough winter: here.

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3 thoughts on “Three-Year-Old Boy Rescues Rare Sea Turtle

  1. Endangered Turtles, Shocked By Cold, Rescued

    Vets Say 138 Turtles Have Washed Ashore On Cape Cod

    POSTED: 6:41 am EST December 1, 2010

    BOSTON — Shell-shocked by the cold, more turtles are washing up on Cape Cod beaches.

    Now a rescue mission is under way, before the problem gets worse.

    New England Aquarium veterinarians said 138 turtles have been stranded so far this season but most of them have survived.

    Since Thanksgiving Day, 85 turtles have been rushed to the aquarium’s animal care center in Quincy and veterinarians there said based on weather forecasts, there will likely be more. Most of them are endangered Kemp’s ridley turtles.

    They usually migrate to warmer waters this time of year, but strong northerly winds blew the turtles into Cape Cod Bay and that’s where the chilly water stunned them into a hypothermic state. They had body temperatures in the 50s when a normal temperature is about 70.

    Most of them are between 2 and 5 years old.

    “They’re not really using their flippers, so they’re not swimming, they’re not able to get out, and even those that are swimming, they’re not foraging successfully, so they’re not actually eating,” said marine biologist Adam Kennedy.

    Vets said If anyone comes across a turtle in the surf the one thing you don’t want to do is put it back in the ocean.

    “Best thing to do is bring them up above the high tide line, kind of mark the area with some beach debris and then you definitely want to call the Wellfleet hotline and report where that turtle is,” Kennedy said.

    Rescuers said it’s likely the turtles will continue coming ashore for a few weeks until the temperature plummets and stay cold. If more are found, the state might break the record for stranded turtles which was set in 1999, when 278 sea turtles were stranded.

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