Sea Life Orlando welcomes new turtle named Ted

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) – A loggerhead sea turtle named Ted moved into his new home at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. Ted is a rescue turtle acquired by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Ted’s name comes from him being one of the first turtles used to test Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs). TEDs are devices, which allow turtles to escape if they are accidentally trapped in a net.

Ted the turtle was released in St. Josephs Bay in the Panhandle area of Florida in late 2002. He was observed swimming offshore for several days in the same area. Despite multiple attempts to release Ted, he continued to return to the shore. Ted’s behavior would not allow him to survive in the natural habitat.

“Ted has played an integral role in making the ocean safe for all turtles,” Andrew Nerness, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium Displays Curator, said. “We are so happy to be able to provide a new home for a loggerhead sea turtle here at SEA LIFE, who would not be able to survive in the wild on its own.”

Ted joins new neighbors such as Chely, who is a rescued green sea turtle, sandbar sharks, sea horses, Everglades Pygmy sunfish, butterflyfish, triggerfish, moray eels and more than 5,000 other sea animals. All the animals are featured in more than 32 display habitats from the oceans and waters of the world. 

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