SeaWorld Parks announced yesterday a partnership with world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey that will be focused on ocean health and the plight of sharks in the wild.
In addition to the science and research efforts, Guy Harvey and SeaWorld will also work together to increase public awareness about ocean health and the need for shark conservation.
This week I had the opportunity to visit the Manatee Rehabilitation Area at SeaWorld Orlando on the first day it was open to guests, which happened to also be Manatee Appreciation Day.
SeaWorld has always been at the forefront of manatee rescue and rehabilitation, but now guests can actually see first hand what the SeaWorld Rescue team does.
As part of their ongoing conservation efforts, yesterday (April 10), SeaWorld Orlando returned 14 sea turtles to Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville, FL.
The 11 Kemps Ridley and three loggerheads have been with the park since December 23, 2012, after being rescued off the coast of Cape Cod, MA. They were suffering symptoms due to cold stress.
After being medically cleared for today’s return, the park’s Animal Rescue Team transported the 14 turtles to Canaveral National Seashore, where they were released back into the Atlantic Ocean.
In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the waters.
If you see injured sea turtles, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1(888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.
[Photos courtesy SeaWorld Orlando]