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Berni Returns to the Sea after International Travel Home

SeaWorld San Diego’s Rescue Team returned Berni Stranders--a rescued and rehabilitated Olive ridley sea turtle--to his ocean home for a second chance at life today (Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020). Berni was returned about 7 miles off the coast of Point Loma where the water was a nice warm 74 degrees F.

Meet Paul & Sherry Schubert, Turtle Fliers, Advisory Board and designer of our Turtles!

Two Who Care! We introduce you to Paul & Sherry Schubert, TF2 Turtle Fliers, Advisory Board members and designer of our crocheted Turtles! Paul and Sherry fly a SOCATA 2013 TBM 850 from LHZ NC. [more]

Rescue Team Disentangles Young Humpback Whale Found in Shipping Channel offshore near New York City

What started as a typical Monday morning quickly turned into a race against time. On Monday, July 27 a call came in early to NOAA Fisheries by the U.S. Coast Guard reporting a young humpback whale that had been sighted in the Ambrose Channel of New York. The whale faced danger from ships navigating the channel and its inability to move as it was entangled. [more]

Turtles Fly Too delivers the St. Louis Aquarium and community their First Sea Turtle...

Finding permanent homes for sea turtles that sustain injuries that prevent them from returning back to the ocean is not always easy. Yet, St. Louis Aquarium actually stepped up and the entire community has embraced Tsunami and Quasimodo. [more]

Greetings from Idaho, the Sea Turtle Capital of the World

We are still flying missions, providing transport for seals, turtles, and most recently, a whale disentanglement team while implementing extra precautions. We owe a debt of gratitude to our “Turtle Fliers” and volunteers that continue to fly in spite of COVID-19, as much has been accomplished over the past six months while we all were quarantined. [more]

Upcoming Mission Alert: Pilots Needed

We're looking for Turtle Fliers to assist with two upcoming transports of Sea Turtles. Berni and Pistachio need a ride! Please review and contact us if you are interested in flying either of these missions. [more]

Turtle Fliers Needed for Cold-Stun Transports

Sea turtles will start to wash up on the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts by November. We never know how many turtles to expect each year. In the last five years, the total has ranged from 300 to over 800, with the maximum ever documented in 2014--over 1,200 cold-stunned turtles. The Response Network rescues these sea turtles from beaches and brings them to rehabilitation facilities in Massachusetts. Once there, the turtles are gradually warmed, started on treatment, and stabilized to await transport to a long-term care facility. [more]

New Life is on the Horizon

As we have transitioned out of cold stunning season, new life is on the horizon in the form of baby sea turtles. Around the globe, news stories are popping up of the exciting numbers of female sea turtles nesting on empty beaches. Promising arrivals of large leatherback sea turtles in Florida and Olive Ridley sea turtles in India lead us to believe it will be a big nesting season this year. [more]

Catching up with Pilot Paul Schubert!

Paul Schubert is one of our esteemed Turtle Flier pilots who assists Turtles Fly Too in flying turtles throughout the United States. Paul is going on his fifth-year volunteering for TF2 and has flown five Turtle missions. [more]

Rescued Guadalupe Fur Seal Flown to Rehabilitation Center in California Amid Travel Restrictions

In the face of extraordinary challenges and continued restrictions due to COVID19, five organizations in the Pacific Northwest and California came together to rescue a young Guadalupe fur seal, a threatened species. The young seal caused a bit of a stir on the now-empty Oregon coast, where the species has historically been rarely sighted. Upon rescue, the rare seal departed on an unusual journey across Oregon and Washington until finally arriving in California, thanks to the heroic efforts of multiple organizations. [more]