SeaWorld Rescuers Hard at Work

June 18, 2021 0 Comments

For sea life, the pandemic hasn’t slowed down the need for rescue. SeaWorld and its rescue and rehabilitation partners are right at the forefront of rescuing and rehabilitating sea creatures. 2021 has been a busy year as the SeaWorld rescue team has already been hard at work.

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One of the rescues was a sea manatee called Chessie. Chessie was first rescued as an adult in 1994, wandering the Chesapeake Bay. Because the Chesapeake Bay is a very unusual habitat for manatees, Chessie was captured and brought to a more appropriate habitat off the coast of Florida. This year, Chessie was found floating upside down. Upon further examination, SeaWorld Orlando found that he was emaciated and had pneumonia in his right lung. At first, Chessie did not respond to treatment through an injectable antibiotic. The team at SeaWorld Orlando innovated by using a horse nebulizer over Chessie’s muzzle to give him the aerosol form of the antibiotics. Luckily, the treatment worked and Chessie was released back to his home near North Palm Beach. Chessie’s recovery and rescue is even more noteworthy because of Chessie’s impressive age and fame from 1994.

Meanwhile, on the other coast, SeaWorld San Diego took part in a rescue of a young female loggerhead turtle. Their partner Oregon Coast Aquarium rescued the turtle off the Oregon Coast. It was suffering from cold shock, which means that it was so affected by the cold temperature of the water that it lost the ability to eat or drink. While a healthy turtle would have a body temperature of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the turtle’s temperature was 50 degrees Fahrenheit. To avoid shocking her system, the turtle’s core body temperature had to be raised slowly. Once stabilized, the loggerhead turtle took a flight to San Diego for long-term rehabilitation with SeaWorld San Diego with an eye towards release back to the wild. Learn more: