Monday, May 17, 2010

Aquarium's Turtle Expertise In Demand

The New England Aquarium's top veterinarian is on the short list of animal health experts ready to help endangered sea turtles sickened by the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. Charles Innis, VMD, (seen at left treating a rescued cold-stunned sea turtle) oversees the care of all the animals at the Aquarium, from the harbor seals to the fish in the Giant Ocean Tank, but he specializes in treating turtles.

Click here to see some more photos of Dr. Innis in action treating cold-stunned sea turtles. Click here to read some of Dr. Innis' posts about his work protecting fresh water turtles.

Now, Dr. Innis is on call to help in the Gulf because of his skills treating turtles in particular. Unfortunately, many sea turtles could be affected by the spill. He says most of the world's Kemp's ridley sea turtles are probably in the Gulf of Mexico right now, smack dab in the path of the oily plumes polluting the ocean. Dr. Innis is ready to answer the call to help. Read more about how Dr. Innis may be involved in Gulf rescue efforts in a recent article published in the MetroWest Daily News on May 16, 2010.

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