National Aquarium to release 2 sea turtles at Assateague Island

Posted at 11:07 AM, Jun 16, 2016

The National Aquarium will release two rehabilitated sea turtles at Assateague Island Thursday.

The release will honor World Sea Turtle Day and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Sea Turtle Week.

Aquarium officials said its Animal Care Center acquired the two turtles in November 2015.

"Hardhead" arrived from Delaware with a low body temperature, broken ribs and a tear in his lungs which left him unable to swim, officials said. "Beachcomber" was found with a rare blood infection and kidney problems after washing up along the coast of Cape Cod.

The turtles were treated by the National Aquarium Animal Science and Welfare team and are now healthy enough to go back to their natural habitat.

Ten rehabbed Kemp's Ridley sea turtles from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and National Marine Life Center animal rescue programs will also be released Thursday.

The National Aquarium's Animal Rescue Program is celebrating its 25th year of rescuing “more than 160 animals to their natural habitats, primarily along the Maryland coastline.”

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