Watch: Truro officials rescue ‘extremely rare’ 350-pound loggerhead turtle from Cape Cod beach

Officials said the sea creature was having a hard time breathing on its own when vets first began treating it.

Related Links

Officials discovered a rare 350-pound adult male loggerhead turtle Friday on a beach in Truro, where the waves were washing onto him and rescuers said they weren’t sure he was even alive until one of his feet moved just slightly. 

The Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary posted a video to Facebook showing a group of people helping secure the sea creature for safe transport to be treated at the New England Aquarium. In the background, while rescuers tucked the loggerhead into an orange covering, someone could be heard commenting on how “this is one lucky turtle.” 

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescue in Truro

A big sea turtle save on the beaches of Truro this afternoon! Thanks to the Truro DPW for loading this very large adult male loggerhead into their truck and bringing it to the sanctuary. This turtle is now on its way to the New England Aquarium! Shout outs to: the DPW’s Peter Morris, Mike Locke, Jeff Holway, Kyle Halvorsen, Tim Collins(Fire Chief) and Truro Conservation agent Emily Beebe!! You guys rock!

Posted by Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday, November 20, 2020

Aquarium officials posted photos of the loggerhead on Facebook, saying he came in only “minimally responsive and was not initiating breaths on his own.”


Vets and biologists have since been administering medication and replacement fluids to help stabilize the turtle.

A 350lb adult male loggerhead #SeaTurtle was saved on the beaches of Truro yesterday afternoon thanks to Mass Audubon…

Posted by New England Aquarium on Saturday, November 21, 2020

Members of the Truro Department of Public Works and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary were part of the recovery efforts, which the Aquarium said was an “extremely rare” situation for the Cape Cod area, especially when it’s still so early in the season. 

The loggerhead is now in recovery, being cared for at a Sea Turtle Hospital in Quincy. 

Get's browser alerts:

Enable breaking news notifications straight to your internet browser.

Jump To Comments


This discussion has ended. Please join elsewhere on