Rescued sea turtles move into SeaWorld's TurtleTrek attraction
Sep 2, 2013
SeaWorld Orlando's new TurtleTrek attraction will soon be home for two rescued sea turtles. The turtles, which came from Mississippi and Georgia were rescued and rehabilitated, but were unable to return to the wild.
The 245-pound loggerhead sea turtle from Gulfport, Mississippi is known as Big Mama and was injured in a 2010 oil spill. She is unable to swim, due to multiple bite wounds on her flippers; she had been housed in the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, but they no longer had room.
Small in comparison, Caton is only 95 pounds. She has been at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center since 2009. The Center attempted to return Caton to the wild three separate times, but she returned to their beach every time.
Wildlife government officials have marked these turtles "nonreleasable," so this move will allow guests to see them in the new attraction. Other animals living at TurtleTrek include three loggerheads, ten green turtles and one hawksbill.