rescued sea turtles

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Anyone else enjoying a tasty afternoon snack of capelin? 

Welcome home, little turtles!

A rescued loggerhead yearling is released into the ocean after being cared for at Adventure Aquarium for the past year. Footage courtesy of Virginia Living Museum. 

Yesterday staffers from 10 aquariums across the country journeyed 25 miles off the shore of North Caroline to release 47 rescued sea turtles home to the Atlantic Ocean. The company included both loggerhead and green sea turtles ranging from hatchlings to a few years old. Here are some highlights:

Aquarist Alan Young preparing to release the young loggerhead turtle that’s been cared for at the Monterey Bay Aquarium since last year. All the turtles were fitted with satellite trackers so researchers can study their travel patterns and help save this endangered species. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

The turtles were carefully lowered into the ocean for their first paddle in the wild.

A rescued loggerhead hatchling from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores swims off into the Atlantic Ocean. Footage courtesy of Virginia Living Museum.

Bon voyage, little turtles!

Stay tuned! We’ve got a new Loggerhead hatchling flying back to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a year of care and growing bigger!