SeaWorld Orlando‘s animal rescue team is currently caring for two hawksbill turtle hatchlings. Both are about two months old. One of the babies was found in a weakened, lethargic state on Melbourne Beach in Florida by a tourist. The other hatchling was found on Cocoa Beach covered in algae and fauna.
SeaWorld turtle experts (or aquarists), are monitoring and caring for the turtles around the clock. The hatchlings are living in a brooder (a heated shelter) which is kept at a constant 84 degrees F. Although recovery will be tough, the turtles are showing positive signs.
Hawksbill turtles are considered critically endangered by the IUCN Redlist due to loss of habitat and human exploitation.