A second chance for Nickel
Green sea turtle Nickel is more than the star of Caribbean Reef, she's also one of Shedd's rescues! In 1998, Nickel was injured in a boat accident, which affected her buoyancy. After five years at a rehabilitation center in Clearwater, Florida, Nickel came to Shedd, the first rescued and rehabilitated animal in Caribbean Reef.
“I’m always trying to explore different places to scratch her or rub her to see how she reacts. I noticed that when I massaged, or tickled, her back feet, she clamped them around my hand. That told me she liked it, so I just kept doing it.”Michelle Satler, senior aquarist
By studying the natural microbiome of western pond turtles, Shedd is working with partners to boost efforts to restore the species to the Pacific Northwest.