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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  • by Wise One Location: here on Jul 14, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    They should not be released in the Gulf of Mexico until the criminal behavior of BP is turned around into actual effort to remedy their disaster/ecocide.
  • by thinker on Jul 14, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    they need to start resued all turtles cause we will need them!!!! just think about it!!!!
  • by RK Location: G'ville on Jul 14, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    I wonder why would they plan to release them at this time. They travel long distances and may die if the oil reaches Atlantic waters. NC rehab people tagged and released turtles several years ago and one of them was later found in Costa Rico.
  • by Amazed Location: NC on Jul 14, 2010 at 05:10 AM
    Ever notice the reward for a sea turtles harm is usually 10x that of a reward for a human being murdered? How wierd is it that a turtles life is worth more than a humans! Stop spending all this money on monitoring Tutles eggs, digging them up each day to count the eggs etc. Just dig them up, take them to an incubation facility and release them when they hatch! The survival rate will be better. But I guess it makes more money in donatios to DOW and other special interest groups if you keep letting them lay there in the loose sand that keeps getting dug up so the ghost crabs can get to the eggs easier. NC has the worst survival rate of these creatures than any other shore line in the US because of their "Hand-Off" policy. Way to go NPS!
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