One young female sea turtle that belongs in the Gulf of Mexico went on quite the voyage and ended up in Holland.
Kemp's Ridley sea turtles nest along the coastline from Mexico to Texas, and during the off season, they swim in a loop from the Gulf to the Straits of Florida, but this one got caught up in the gulf stream and was taken all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, ending up in the North Sea.
But now, it's back in the Gulf.
The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle is the rarest turtle in the world, and it is only found in the Gulf of Mexico. So when it ended up in Holland, near the Hague, it was quite the surprise.
"Somebody called us, 'We found a sea turtle,' and we said, yeah, sure," said Marjolein Kemna, who took care of the sea turtle. "But it appeared it really was a sea turtle, and also a Kemp, so this yeah, I think it happened twice in Holland, so it's really rare."
Kemna has been taking care of the sea turtle at an aquarium in Holland for close to a year, while it was rehabilitated. Kemna flew in last night with the turtle to bring it to the Animal Rehabilitation Keep in Port Aransas. The turtle, which has been named Flip, was discovered in Holland last December by a man who was strolling the beach.
Flip was found injured and cold, stunned and estranged on the shores.
"They're pretty tough animals, but they do succumb to lack of heat," said Tony Amos of the ARK. "So when it floated up on the beach, and this is how it was able to survive without knowing it, it became unable to swim anymore, so it just floated up on the beach and was sitting there, and the person saw it."
Flip will be released at the Padre Island National Seashore next Friday, and the public will be invited.
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