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Three Plane Rides Later, Sea Turtle Lands in Iowa Aquarium

A young green sea turtle who was found in an injured condition in 2013 has now travelled nearly 1,200 miles, changing three planes, and has finally arrived at Dubuque’s National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

This sea turtle will now be held in a quarantined tank for atleast 30 days before it is sent back to the exhibit.

“Sea turtles are very charismatic animals. They are big animals and are not scared of people,” Andy Allison, the museum’s director of living collections, said.

Injured Sea Turtle Lands in Iowa after Three Long Plane Rides Photo Credits: Flickr

Injured Sea Turtle Lands in Iowa after Three Long Plane Rides
Photo Credits: Flickr

This turtle was found on Little Cumberland Island with a damaged shell, and after close examination, it was found that it had a damaged spinal cord, which may have been possibly caused due to a boat strike.

“It cannot fully submerge, but it can still use its front flippers and move around pretty well,” Allison added.

The sea turtle currently weighs around 20 pounds, but could grow up to 400 pounds. The current weight of turtle is about 20 pounds but it could grow to 400 pounds. “I think this will send a great conservation message to Dubuque,” Museum aquarist Ben Houghton, added.

 

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