Juvenile terrapins released on Tilghman Island

PWEC_TerrapinRelease2_Sarah (TILGHMAN ISLAND, MD – October 31, 2019) Phillips Wharf Environmental Center staff recently released four juvenile diamondback terrapins along Black Walnut Cove on Tilghman Island. The baby terrapins were rehabilitated at PWEC over this past year, after being rescued from harmful conditions in the local area.

Native to the Chesapeake Bay region, diamondback terrapins are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Newly hatched terrapins are roughly the size of a quarter, and are often preyed upon before they have the chance to reach adulthood. Other threats include habitat loss, and impacts from human recreation such as drowning in crab traps. PWEC_TerrapinRelease2 PWEC_TerrapinRelease1_Sarah PWEC_TerrapinRelease1Hatchlings are also susceptible to a number of health issues such as respiratory infections and an occasional eye infection.

“Phillips Wharf was able to treat these conditions in the juveniles and rehabilitate them to a size that would be favorable for their survival in the wild, which is approximately three times the size of when they were brought in,” said PWEC Aquaria Manager Sarah Moffat. “Another juvenile terrapin release is planned for fall 2020 for the five hatchlings still in our care.”

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is currently accepting donations and sponsorships for their Terrapin and Turtle Rehab efforts. These donations help fund the care needed for the terrapins while at the center—including medical treatments and prepared diets—as well as for habitat improvement projects, including PWEC’s outdoor terrapin and turtle habitat center.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's mission is to encourage, educate, and engage Chesapeake Bay stewards of all ages through interactive experiences showcasing the Bay's ecosystem and its inhabitants. To become a supporter of PWEC’s Terrapin and Turtle Rehab program, contact PWEC Aquaria Manager Sarah Moffat at 410-886-9200 or at sarah@phillipswharf.org.

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On Oct. 15, 2019, staff from the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center on Tilghman Island, Md. released four juvenile diamondback terrapins, seen here during their year of care at PWEC, prior to their release. Another juvenile terrapin release is planned for fall 2020 for the five hatchlings still in PWEC’s care. More information is at phillipswharf.org.

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On Oct. 15, 2019, staff from the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center on Tilghman Island, Md. released four juvenile diamondback terrapins, with one seen here just after its release. Another juvenile terrapin release is planned for fall 2020 for the five hatchlings still in PWEC’s care. More information is at phillipswharf.org.

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Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Aquaria Manager Sarah Moffat shows off “Speedy” prior to its Oct. 15 release back into natural habitat. On Oct. 15, 2019, Moffat and other staff released four juvenile diamondback terrapins, after receiving a year of care at PWEC. Another juvenile terrapin release is planned for fall 2020 for the five hatchlings still in PWEC’s care, with opportunities to sponsor a terrapin’s care and more information available by contacting Sarah at sarah@phillipswharf.org.

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Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Aquaria Manager Sarah Moffat holds a juvenile terrapin just before releasing it along Black Water Cove on Tilghman Island, Md. PWEC is currently accepting donations and sponsorships for their Terrapin and Turtle Rehab efforts, with more information by contacting Sarah at sarah@phillipswharf.org.