Sea Turtle Rehabilitated in Wales : The US Fish and Wildlife Service will return Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtle Tally to the Gulf of Mexico. The round-way expedition is scheduled for September. The US Fish and Wildlife Service reported finding Tally on Talacre Beach in Northern Wales in November 2021. Tally was near death when her body was located, according to the news statement. From there, this extraordinary story began.
A dog walker and British Divers’ Marine Life Rescue assumed Tally was dead. However, an Anglesey Sea Aquarium scientist spotted signs of life, giving optimism that Tally was still alive. Both groups reported Tally’s death. Both groups initially claimed Tally had died, which was confirmed. Simmons and zoo director Frankie Hobro treated Tally for a long time. After her sickness, Tally recovered beautifully.
The Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is distributed worldwide. It is one of the world’s smallest and most endangered. These critters are most common in the Gulf of Mexico and east coast of North America. Sometimes young Kemp’s Ridley turtles cross the Gulf Stream to the Atlantic Ocean, although how is unknown.
Mary Kay Skoruppa, Texas’ US Fish and Wildlife Service Sea Turtle Coordinator, thanked overseas partners and volunteers for saving Tally and returning it to its native home. Tally returned home because everyone helped her.
A global coalition ensured that Tally’s return to her home country followed the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Someone needs a CITES import authorization to move. This is a necessary step.
The Fish and Wildlife Service helped Tally return to her native habitat with Turtles Fly Too and NOAA. Tally and Director Hobro just ended their trip on a free commercial airplane from Turtles Fly Too.
When Tally comes to the U.S., she will live out her life at the Houston Zoo. When zoo physicians believe it’s safe, Tally will go return to the wild. She will receive a tracking device to be monitored.
The National Park Service advises people to report captured sea turtles immediately. Stranded sea turtles are considered stranded whether on land or at sea.
Dead turtle necropsies are more common than living turtle rehabilitation. Lost sea turtles can be found in bays, passages, the Gulf of Mexico, and shorelines year-round. Between April and July, you can report a trapped sea turtle by phoning a police officer, dialing 1-866-TURTLE5, or waving down a turtle patroller. Any of these are allowed from April until mid-July.
If the turtle is alive, the report should describe its location, size, proximity to the water, and size. Sailors who see a live sea turtle while fishing should phone 1-866-TURTLE5. Doing this is proper. Players caught by chance are safe.