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Kylo Ren

Dec 15

Kylo Ren

Green (Chelonia mydas)

Arrival Date: November 27th, 2016

Stranding Location: Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Weight: 8.6 pounds

Case History

Kylo Ren arrived at New England Aquarium on along with Princess Leia and Han Solo. Kylo Ren was triaged with fluids, vitamins, received radiographs and was started on antibiotics. There was some radiographic evidence of pneumonia, a common secondary infection associated with cold stuns due to a compromised immune system. Kylo Ren remained at New England Aquarium for several weeks before being transported to South Carolina Aquarium.


Kylo Ren received an exam, fluids for rehydration after transport, antibiotics and radiographs. Kylo Ren was in relatively good shape, placed in a tank and monitored very closely by our Sea Turtle Care staff.


December 13, 2016: Kylo Ren was not a fan of greens until we introduced him/her to leafy green lettuce – now he munches it right up! Kylo is pulled bi-weekly for an antibiotic injection, during which our vet staff gives him a thorough look over. Overall, Kylo Ren seems to be recuperating well!

January 6, 2017: Kylo is gaining weight and is in great body condition. However, s/he is also very picky about eating the vitamins and often spits them out after eating the fish they are encased in – must have picked up a trick or two from Princess Leia! Luckily, with patience and determination our team members are able to get Kylo to eat them! S/he enjoys resting in the seaweed during the day.

February 7, 2017: After just two short months of rehabilitation, Kylo Ren has received a clean bill of health! He/she will be heading down to Florida today for release!

Release Date

February 7, 2017

Release Location

Surfside County Park in St. Augustine, Florida

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