This Turtle Is Crying Because He’s Happy

This enormous (and yet, underweight) leatherback sea turtle got stranded in the right place at the right time. Rescued by IFAW and Mass. Audubon, rehabbed and released by the New England Aquarium, he's now on the move with a new lease on life. This could be only the third time in history for a successful leatherback sea turtle rescue and release! Here's how it went down:

Dog walkers spotted the turtle in a marshy, muddy area on outer Cape Cod. Because of the tides, the turtle rescue teams at Mass. Audubon and IFAW had to wait until the next morning to rescue the 655-lb turtle.

Source: New England Aquarium  /  via: rescue.neaq.org

The big guy was transported to the New England Aquarium's Animal Care Center so the Rescue Team could rehabilitate the turtle, pump it full of medicine and other good stuff. The turtle was about 200-lbs underweight!

Source: New England Aquarium  /  via: rescue.neaq.org

The rescuers took blood samples and began treatment right away. They worked in near silence so as not to stress the animal out.

Source: New England Aquarium  /  via: rescue.neaq.org

After a couple days, the turtle was well enough to be released back into the ocean. So with the help of a forklift and a couple dozen rescuers, they hefted the turtle onto a lobster boat and headed a couple miles out to sea. NOTE: Check out the satellite tag on his back!

Source: New England Aquarium  /  via: news.neaq.org


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