A Massachusetts aquarium is going to great lengths to get some local marine life to come out of their shells.
On Tuesday, January 26, the New England Aquarium in Boston announced plans to lease and retrofit a nearby property to create a new headquarters for its Marine Animal Rescue
According to the Boston Globe, the new space will be used to rehabilitate marine animals that have been found stranded or injured along the coasts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
"It's an opportunity for us to help in the turnaround of a critically endangered species," Tony LaCasse, an aquarium spokesman, told the news source.
The animal rescue team has been known to treat large creatures like whales, dolphins and seals, but sea turtles are their most common patients.
LaCasse estimated that anywhere between 25 and 150 Kemp's Ridley sea turtles are found on Cape Cod beaches each fall, contributing to their status as the most endangered marine turtle in the world.
Since the early 1990s the team has rehabilitated more than 500 sea turtles, and aquarium officials hope to accommodate more in the new facility, the news provider reports.
National Geographic estimates that there are about 1,000 nesting female Kemps Ridley turtles remaining in the world.