Sea Turtles Come to Chattanooga to Avoid Irma

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Animal care experts at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center spent the last several days making plans to move a group of sea turtles and other creatures out of harm’s way as Hurricane Irma’s path came into focus.

More than two dozen animals were loaded into a transport truck for the eight-hour drive from Jekyll Island, Georgia, to the Tennessee Aquarium.

“We received a call for assistance on Wednesday, and we’ve been busy making the necessary arrangements since then,” said Matt Hamilton, the Aquarium’s curator of fishes. “Fortunately, we have some spacious saltwater tanks for the sea turtles, and we’ve been able to provide comfortable accommodations for the other animals as well.”

A two-vehicle caravan arrived at the Aquarium’s Animal Care Facility carrying Loggerhead, Green, and Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles. Joining them were a group of Gopher Tortoises, Diamondback Terrapins, Box Turtles, and other reptiles.

The Aquarium’s Animal Care Facility has served as a temporary home for rescued animals before.

“We’re certainly prepared to take care of them until it’s safe for them to return to Georgia,” Hamilton said.

For more information about the Tennessee Aquarium, click www.tnaqua.org.

Photo Credit: Tennessee Aquarium & Tennessee Aquarium Facebook Page

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