“Niffler” is one of 16 sea turtles that were brought to Gulf World Marine Institute on March 8, 2021. Niffler was originally rescued and taken to the Volusia County Marine Science Center.
Many sea turtles are washing up in Northeast Florida, more than local facilities can hold. They are “debilitated”, which means lethargic (without energy) and have various other health concerns. In these situations, when space runs out at the local rehabilitation centers, they sometimes reach out to others. That’s where GWMI steps in! By taking some of the sea turtles, GWMI helps to open up more space in the counties where they are washing ashore.
Niffler is doing well in water so far, and has already started eating small pieces of capelin. While this is a great first step, staff and volunteers will continue to monitor Niffler for any changes in behavior and appetite.
Thank you to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as all of the organizations involved in the rescue, rehabilitation, and transfer of Ludo and the other sea turtles during this active stranding event.