Rescued NC Sea Turtles To Be Released

Six sea turtles rescued from frigid winter waters are returning to the wild after nearly six months of recovery under the care of veterinarians at the Georgia Aquarium and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

The loggerhead sea turtles were scheduled to be released Wednesday on the beach at Jekyll Island.

The turtles were rescued off the North Carolina coast in February, when unusually cold ocean temperatures left thousands of turtles stunned and stranded along the southern Atlantic coast.

Four of the turtles being cared for at the Georgia Aquarium will have to make a 320-mile road trip from Atlanta before being set free on the beach.

Loggerhead sea turtles are protected as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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