Sea Turtle Rehab Pool T3
You are watching rehab pool T3, where Miss Pam and Kobia are currently rehabilitating. Both of these green sea turtles were transferred from another facility and arrived with buoyancy issues. This means they have trouble fully submerging, so you may see part of their bodies floating. This buoyancy issue is usually due to gastrointestinal gasses that become trapped, but can also be caused by previous injury.
There are several rehab pools at CMA with rescued sea turtles recovering. You can learn more about our current animal hospital patients and view them when you visit the animal hospital at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
Do you see a sleeping turtle? Although turtles are air-breathers, they often prefer to sleep on the floor of their pool while they rest. Don’t worry if you see a turtle resting on the bottom. While resting on the floor, turtles will surface to breathe, then may swim right back to their resting position on the bottom to sleep some more!