U.S. Embassy London Helps Return Lost Sea Turtle to U.S. Waters

Posted by John Whittlesey
June 30, 2009
Sea Turtle Surfaces in Caribbean Waters

About the Author: John Whittlesey serves as Environment, Science, Technology and Health Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London.

In 2007, a rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, whose normal habitat is the warm waters of the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, took a very wrong turn and swam all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to southern England. The turtle was found near Devon, England, nearly dead from starvation and hypothermia.

The turtle, later named Willy, was rescued, taken to the Sea Life Center in Weymouth, and nursed back to health.

In 2008, the NGO Marine Environmental Monitoring contacted the U.S. Embassy in London for help in shipping Willy back to the United States. The Embassy's Environment Section worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wildlife authorities in the U.K., the Sea Life Center, and American Airlines to get Willy home. Here is her story.



Florida, USA
June 30, 2009

Susan in Florida writes:

With all the serious and sad things going on around the world, it was nice to blog on and read this post. I am always touched, and amazed, by the kindness and caring of dedicated individuals. Their efforts are often not reported. Thank you for sharing Willy's story with us.

District Of Columbia, USA
June 30, 2009

M.E. in Washington, DC writes:

This is what you should be worrying about, Obamas economic program, like it or not, will be worthless if you can't keep oil prices down...Even now it is artificially inflated...IT IS A REALITY NOT BEING DEALT WITH. WE will still be dependent on oil for a decade...get realistic. Russia wanted the Iran problem, they don't want us to reconcile with them to any degree because of the oil.

READ: Miller to Gazprom Shareholders: $100 Crude to Return in 2010

Gazprom Board of Directors Chairman Alexey Miller opined at his company's annual shareholders' meeting on Friday in Moscow that the world economy has already reached the bottom of the crisis and in 2010 the price of crude oil will be $100 per barrel. But as for the present, the recession and lack of demand has led to the capping of 1,000 Gazprom wells. When the time comes to recommission these wells, more then 10 percent of them will need special service, and the price of this special overhaul will have increased by 15 percent.

Virginia, USA
June 30, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

We always must keep United Kingdom as a close ally to the United States. This story just proves how warm loving the British people are to the United States. Turtle Power!!!

United States
July 1, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

We do turtles? Was the turtle on Britain's "no entry" list?

What good is this "State Department" that cannot get radio host Michael Savage's name removed from the British list of excluded criminals, cannot rescue Cynthia McKinney held hostage by the Israeli government, and cannot liberate the two American women journalists held captive by North Korea.

It seems we are entirely too chummy with foreign heads of state when it comes to our offering our taxpayer's money and assistance, but not chummy enough to get them to release our citizens when they are captured and held hostage.

Did Secretary Albright not praise Kim Jong-il enough at her last dinner with him? Have the British not received enough bank bailouts from us? Do the Israelis not like to see black women in Gaza?

What's going on here? Why is this blog filled with fluff and pronouncements about how wonderful we are? Are there no efforts worth discussing to free our citizens held captive in these morally-bankrupt nations?

South Korea
July 2, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to ...

it`s a just my think, just only my`s, not affect by any other..

california - sorry, go bankrupt. sorry. but, we will overcome in this risk and more accent to solar power planting, high-spped rail road sysytem( and we more attention to health care reform for new medical industry )

Iran - Two kind methods float are the remind and - the internal situation probably is how, the thing which says from the condition which does not know the absurd error is forecast will be, - the first time is a method which comes true the removal which the democratic recovery which leads the intervention which is direct and nuclear threat is perfect to here the help of internal power layer is difficult a little from condition of the now which anti-is necessary. And, the direct intervention at the time of - from the anti-democratic attention back where probably, the Islam nations of most centralize in this time is faithful to the Islam ratio law in if and that sends an implicative support to the government comes to think. To be like that the intervention which is direct in because makes a new jihad and, a margin location from the Middle East narrowly about the Islam nations unity the induction whole country quickly there is.
Nuclear problem also will be such is thought and is picked up.

Second time method Cause of evil makes the personal irrationality of the successful candidate and falls from power and causes from them descends oneself and an internal disruption and to the best method is thought and makes, is picked up. The method in compliance with a military force or external influence them makes only an internal unity maybe and more strongly that the possibility which will rise to the surface toward the chief in that area is big comes to think Iran and Iran comes to seem that has the potential. In order the from the expansion of networks of intelligence becomes urgently about that area, comes to think.

onduras - so late...?(inelligence,,,,)

economy in june - before, i want say, june is not good to ours, especially at economy, but i think economy

The side which is psychological strongly operates to will say from the thought which is an economy and will hang and the now when does to avoid but attempts that time some time again rather and does the regret which does happens. Big crisis is not but, short time " of the moment when occurs on the middle where the new policy is enforced; Holiday " The same stagnation giga the thing which will be started is thought, is thought be overcome well. Financial expenses monetary support leads about popular layer and maintains (tax of above the middle classes support which leads earnestly to be demanded, picks up,) currently the new enterprise the reformative and rehabilitation enterprise which is in the process of propelling leads and excavation rears a consuming market to optimum level and newly fortune a little is a thing end which creates the job of concept. And, when decide the target year of recovery, does not know but I until end 2011 talk is. Because, thinks as it is yes is a cold night. The excessiveness follows but thinks yes is a cold night.

As thought is born as it is tries to move. The thought which is personal from almost is not right is not but, yes, before about 2 years makes in situation of imagination and from the memory whole country which will hang the thing which says, thinks the thing where that person in power will be incorrect different plentifully. Is like that but tries to raise as it is.

Disposes auto company one at the foreign corporation and at the time of being infected in California hangs the factory whole and? To middle of the oriental orgin companies the interest the company against is a many and will hang with knows.
The minutes when reads this writing please are the minute when has a mercy, wishes and finishes.

And, the elbow which is injured probably is how, is anxious. To appear the thing to be recovering plentifully me is glad. Probably only this welfare personage most will be the secret intention mind which is frank and hangs. Takes care of health please and supports health care reform absolutely to attach an end, finishes.

thank you....

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California, USA
October 5, 2009

DCP in California writes:

We must keep our environment clean and protect it by taking care of creatures like these sea turtles.


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