June 11, 2010
The Virginia Aquarium is releasing a dozen Kemp's ridley turtles rehabilitated in Virginia and Massachusetts to make space available for any turtles affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The aquarium says the endangered sea turtles will be released at 11 a.m. Tuesday off Cape Charles. The release is a joint effort by the Virginia Aquarium and the New England Aquarium.
Ten turtles suffering from cold stunning were found in Massachusetts' Cape Cod Bay in November and December. Cold stunning occurs when sea turtles are exposed to extremely cold water.
The two Virginia turtles also suffered from cold stunning, along with some injuries. One was stranded during the November nor'easter and the other was found in December.