March 24, 2018

New England Aquarium Rescues, Nurses and Releases 655-Pound Leatherback Sea Turtle

Lawrence LeBlond for – Your Universe Online

A 655-pound leatherback sea turtle, a member of the largest reptile species in the world, has been released back into the ocean off Cape Cod after marine scientists at Boston’s New England Aquarium nursed it back to health.

The turtle, measuring a staggering 7 feet long, was treated for dehydration and shock, after it was found stranded near the tip of the cape in Truro last Wednesday just before dark. Scientists said the endangered specimen was underweight and lethargic, and had sustained an injury to its left front flipper.

After a