Jun 12 2013

Harbor Animal Hospital Team Member Releases Sea Turtles in North Carolina!

On June 5, 2013 the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center released 28 sea turtles back into the ocean, and there to help with the release was Alyson, one of Harbor Animal Hospital’s Registered Veterinary Technicians.  Alyson has been part of our Animal Health Care team since July of 2012. Earlier this year she obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician License and has been a great asset to our hospital team. Alyson was a summer intern at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue Center for 12 weeks in 2008, where she assisted in the rescue and recovery of many sick and injured sea turtles, as well as educated the public on the importance of sea turtles and ocean conservation.

Located in Topsail Beach, NC, the sea turtle hospital has rehabilitated and released over 300 sea turtles since 1997.  They have two releases each year, one in June and one in September.  Before this release, the hospital was caring for a record number of patients – 62! So it was such a joyful event to release 28 of them back into the wild.  Of the turtles released, one was a Loggerhead, and the others were Kemp’s Ridley or Green turtles.  Many of them were rehabilitated over the winter, recovering from a condition called “cold stun,” which is a condition of hypothermia that results from rapidly dropping ocean temperatures that strand sea turtles before they can migrate to warmer water.

Alyson helped release a juvenile Green sea turtle named “Admiral.”  Admiral was one of a group of 40 cold stun cases that were admitted to the hospital this past winter.  Helping her release Admiral were Kelsey (2009 summer intern) and Allen (long-time supporter whose family donated the building for the hospital).  Sea turtles are one of the animals that Alyson is most passionate about, largely due to her experience as an intern at the sea turtle hospital.  She loves every opportunity that she gets to go back to Topsail Island and visit with the sea turtle patients and volunteers.  To be part of such an amazing experience was the perfect way to kick off the summer!

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