Read more about the care and release of the washed ashore turtle Flip.
Found on the beach of Monster in the Netherlands, thousands of kilometres off course. Through the cooperation of two SEA LIFE centres on two different continents, Flip was able to return home and be deported to the Gulf of Mexico.
Releasing turtles is not as easy as one might think. SEA LIFE Scheveningen went international to release Flip, a rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtle that was washed ashore in Monster. Flip was originally found in the Gulf of Mexico, but had changed course and swam across the Atlantic to finally wash up exhausted and weakened on the Dutch coast. SEA LIFE Scheveningen took care of Flip and took care of her again until she was better. Then she flew back to Texas with one of our employees. Together with the team SEA LIFE Grapevine and the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) Flip was released back into the wild.
Did you know?
The Kemps turtle is one of the rarest and most endangered animal species. The 20-mile long beach of Rancho Nuevo is where Kemps turtles lay their eggs en masse. This is called an 'Arriba'. These nests are protected by armed security guards.