A half dozen sea turtles were released back into the Gulf stream off of our coast Thursday.
One Kemp's Ridley turtle, and five Loggerheads, including a yearling that hatched last summer, were loaded onto the Coast Guard cutter Staten Island Thursday morning. A Loggerhead named Virgil, the largest and the oldest of the group, who has been healing for three years after he was injured by a boat propeller, was among those who went home.
After a four hour trip originating at Ft. Macon the cutter found the gulf stream forty miles off the coast. The water temperature there was about 70 degrees.
The more mature turtles were lowered by crane , while the two youngest ones were put in carefully by hand. Crew members waited for a large swell to send them on their way. And as for Virgil, he was the last to go home.